Dates: September 2022 - May 2023, 9 sessions
|Time: 12:00 PM—1:30 PM EST, each session||Cost: FREE|
Applications are due by Friday, July 1, 2022. Apply at: https://forms.gle/Ut9tNt5VPGw3eFiU9
ABOUT THE LEARNING SESSION
The landscape of cannabis prevention has changed dramatically as states across the country continue to pass laws decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis possession and establishing commercial markets for cannabis. Substance misuse prevention professionals must be able to adjust their approach to cannabis prevention to adapt to changing public perception of cannabis, respond to changing policies, and be aware of new trends in cannabis use and misuse across the lifespan. Through this Project ECHO hosted by CCSME in partnership with the New England PTTC, we will seek to provide support and education for substance misuse prevention professionals to address the changing landscape of cannabis prevention in their states and communities. The overall goals of this ECHO are to increase the use of evidence-based approaches to cannabis prevention, policy, and communication in New England.
At the conclusion of the Project ECHO, participants will be able to:
- Identify current evidence-based strategies to prevent youth and young adult cannabis use and mitigate problematic adult use
- Describe the trends of how commercial cannabis markets are emerging and evolving in New England states
- Discuss environmental and policy approaches that may be effective for prevention
- Use effective communication strategies to educate adults and youth about cannabis risk
- Discuss the intersection of prevention and equity as it relates to cannabis policy and outcomes related to cannabis use
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) is an evidence-based distance learning method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico, in which a group of faculty experts meets regularly with a participant cohort to engage in case-based discussion and learning. Using this format, this group will meet for 1.5 hours via Zoom videoconference monthly for 9 months consecutively (September-May). Each session will include a brief expert-led educational segment and an extended participant-led case discussion.
About this program: This program was developed to respond to a need for advanced training in cannabis/marijuana prevention to respond to evolving state policies on cannabis legalization within New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). This program is intended for substance misuse prevention practitioners within the New England region who are working on cannabis prevention initiatives. This program is coordinated and hosted through CCSME, which is a licensed Project ECHO Hub and a partner in the New England PTTC.