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Building the Prevention Workforce Skill-Base (Webinar Series) Part 4 of 6: How to Plan for Prevention Interventions⎯Step 3 of the Strategic Prevention Framework
Collaborating TTC: Central East PTTC
February 20, 2020

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Part 4: How to Plan for Prevention Interventions⎯Step 3 of the Strategic Prevention Framework
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

February 20, 2020, 1-2 PM EST  |  View all Central East series

This is part four of a six-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on the Strategic Prevention Framework and related topics.


This six-part webinar series developed by the Central East PTTC will support and build the capacity of the prevention workforce. The series is a skill building training that will detail the steps to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to prevention using the five stages of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework: 1) Needs Assessment, 2) Building Capacity, 3) Planning, 4) Implementation, and 5) Evaluation. The series will explain the importance of each stage and what aspects of the strategic planning process they cover, techniques for completing each stage, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. This series will also discuss other relevant topics, such as: ethical approaches to prevention, how to prioritize data, and how to modify programs, among others.


The third step to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to prevention is to develop an action plan. This critical step comes before the work of implementing prevention programs or polices and requires having an understanding of the needs that are going to be addressed and the available capacity to act. It includes conducting additional research to learn more about the risk and protective factors that are driving substance use and the available interventions with evidence of effectiveness in addressing them. This webinar will discuss these topics and the importance of developing a logic model that links them all together. It will also walk through ways that technology can be used to support the planning process.


  • Discuss the importance of developing a comprehensive plan
  • Overview key risk and protective factors and ways of learning more about them
  • Discuss ways of identifying the evidence-base for specific interventions
  • Walk through how to develop a logic model


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.

Emily Patton, MS

Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.



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