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Preventing Underage Alcohol Use, Part 2: Addressing Use Among Younger Youth
May 12, 2021

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Preventing Underage Alcohol Use
Part 2: Addressing Use Among Younger Youth
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Robin LaVallee, MPP

May 12, 2021, 2-3:30 PM EST


This webinar will support alcohol prevention efforts for elementary- and middle school-aged youth. It will include a review of the data on younger youth alcohol use prevalence and patterns, and research on its risk and protective factors. The webinar will discuss how to improve needs assessment efforts focusing on this population, including strategies to improve primary data collection. It will also identify and highlight evidence-based prevention programs intended to serve this younger population.


  • Overview prevalence data on younger underage alcohol use
  • Identify risk and protective factors most relevant to younger youth
  • Discuss opportunities to improve needs assessment and data collection processes
  • Explore evidence-based prevention strategies and related resources


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.

Robin LaValleeRobin A. LaVallee, MPP, is a Senior Research Associate at Carnevale Associates, LLC. She has over a decade of experience applying her expertise in policy research, evaluation, performance measurement, data collection, and analysis in the public health, substance use, and criminal justice arenas. For more than ten years, Ms. LaVallee previously conducted alcohol epidemiology and policy research supporting the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System and National Alcohol Education Program. She currently supports the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's performance management and strategic planning efforts within the Office of Justice Programs.