2023-09-05 CE PTTC Webinar Resource Page

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Substance Use Prevention and Public Health Part 1: Recognizing the Role of Prevention in a Wider Field
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton
September 5, 2023


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This webinar was provided by the Central East PTTC. The Central East ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC are programs managed by the Danya Institute.

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Notes from the Breakout Sessions:

Discussion Questions:

  • How else can a public health approach improve substance use prevention service delivery and outcomes?
  • What are some more ways we can incorporate the principles of public health into our work?
  • How would you reach out to other public health stakeholders?
  • What would you want other public health stakeholders to know about substance use prevention?


Group 1        

  1. Connectiveness with prevention to other health concerns with a more holistic approach – need to do a better job at this. Education – via for the public schools to use a conduit with the youth. More assessments from the PH sectors. Better communication with partners. Trainings     
  2. We are always learning – in each area (prevention and public health sectors). We are all in this together – wanting the best for our communities.
  3. Attend their meetings, get on their distribution lists, like their social media sites, and share their messages with your contacts. Community trainings and/or coalition trainings. Provide them with handouts/materials and give aways to help spread your message and to show support for each other.
  4. Show how prevention links to theirs, look at the risk and protective factors each has, it doesn’t start with substance use – education on the continuum of care. Lack of education and income risk


Group 2

Focused on sharing real world examples of public health approach and advice for implementing it, rather than directly answering the questions:

  • Example: A harm reduction org that collaborates with HIV prevention orgs and with nurse org to provide expanded health services
  • Public health can mean working outside clinical settings, focusing on policy changes; it can also cover education services
  • Need to focus on overcoming attitudes that issues like alcohol misuse “aren’t real substance use”
  • Need to address and break down social norms supporting unhealthy behaviors
  • Focus on building connections and collaborating with other orgs; it never hurts to ask!


Group X

  1. Education, more funding, anti-stigmatizing language in service settings, broader sharing of assessment tools, survey long-term health conditions that come from substance use
  2. More resources and education, meeting people where they are.
  3. Advertising, coalitions, attending different types of meetings, meeting stakeholders where they are, mutually support
  4. Flyers, providing data, understand that it’s a long game, education, prevention is always changing, it takes a village. Prevention is a large umbrella tactic that has many areas of focus


Group 6

  • Rules of prevention
  • transition between mental behavior health and public health
  1. take away stigmas and barriers
  2. May help coworkers and provide resources for any needs
  3. HIDTA, CDC. Found out stale holders in specific area. Invite them to coalition meetings.
  4. provide data and cost effective strategies/models for them to view. Quick response teams.



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