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Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced, Part 1: Understanding the Need for Adaptation and Implications for Prevention
August 9, 2022

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Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced
Part 1: Understanding the Need for Adaptation and Implications for Prevention
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

August 9, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will introduce and discuss the importance of adapting evidence-based prevention interventions to better serve populations and their communities. It will explain why adaptation derived from cultural competence and humility can improve outcomes. The webinar will also discuss why adaptation is an important aspect to addressing behavioral health disparities. As part of this, the webinar will discuss the recent rise in hate crimes and discrimination and how their impact on behavioral health further necessitates improving prevention services for the communities most impacted. Lastly, the webinar will review some of the challenges to adaptation which prevention professionals should be prepared to address.


  • Explain why cultural humility and adapting interventions can improve outcomes
  • Review the racial and ethnic inequities in substance use prevention and their connections to the social determinants of health
  • Discuss how rising discrimination and hate crimes can impact behavioral health outcomes among affected populations
  • Review the common challenges associated with adaptation


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.

Lauren PappacenaLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for NADCP and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.