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Highlighting Youth Gaming and Gambling Risks and Strategies for Prevention
March 23, 2022

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Highlighting Youth Gaming and Gambling Risks and Strategies for Prevention
Heather Eshleman, MPH

March 23, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


COURSE DESCRIPTION

With the expansion of gaming and gambling activities in communities and on-line, how will it impact youth and young adults? This population is affected by gaming, gambling, and activities that include a mix of both in their daily lives. Learn about youth gaming, gambling, and the warning signs of problems with these activities. Learn of strategies to prevent youth problem gaming and gambling behaviors that have been adapted from alcohol and drug misuse prevention.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about youth gaming and signs of gaming problems in youth
  • Learn about youth gambling and signs of gambling problems in youth
  • Learn how youth gaming and gambling behaviors connect
  • Learn prevention strategies that have worked to prevent alcohol and substance misuse that could work to prevent youth problem gaming and gambling behaviors.


PRESENTERS

Heather EshlemanHeather Eshleman, M.P.H., is the Prevention Manager at the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.  She works collaboratively with community organizations, schools, and government agencies to prevent underage and problem gambling as well as oversee special population and youth grants.  She currently leads the Center’s efforts in compiling an underage and problem gambling prevention needs assessment to provide baseline data to guide future prevention strategies.  She served as the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Supervisor at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health from 2006-2019, overseeing the Substance Abuse Prevention coalitions, the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program, the Strengthening Families Program, the Fatal Overdose Review Team, and Coordination of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Chapters.  Before becoming Supervisor, from 2002-2006, Heather was a Grants Administrator at Anne Arundel County Department of Health.  Heather received her Masters in Public Health from the University at Albany School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s degree in School and Community Health Education from Towson University.  Heather served in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco, North Africa, as a Maternal and Child Health volunteer, working on hygiene promotion and pre-natal care for two years.