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Adaptation in Substance Misuse Prevention: Improving Effectiveness and Achieving Better Outcomes: Peer Sharing Call
November 19, 2020

Adaptation in Substance Misuse Prevention: Improving Effectiveness and Achieving Better Outcomes: Peer Sharing Call 



November 9, 2020 



Adaptation is often an inevitable factor in implementing a prevention program. This peer sharing call further discusses adaptation and its crucial role in effective prevention and how adaptations can help overcome unforeseen challenges, like those introduced by COVID-19. 


Key Discussion Points 

  • Define key adaptation-related concepts 
  • List steps in the process of implementing “best fit” adaptations 
  • Examine real world examples of adaptations to distill elements of success 
  • Identify considerations for adapting interventions in response to changing community contexts 
  • Share experiences, pose questions, and discuss challenges relating to adaptation 



Ivy Jones-Turner, MPA - For over 20 years, Ivy has provided organizational capacity assistance on health promotion and prevention in substance abuse, suicide, violence, injury, and mental health with nonprofit and community-based organizations, state and faith-based agencies, and school districts. Her capacity building skills include program evaluation, training and technical assistance in program design and implementation, organizational development, partnerships/collaborations, and grant management. Ms. Jones Turner is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Jessica Goldberg - Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. Jess, a certified prevention specialist and highly skilled trainer, designs and delivers impactful learning events, consultation, and coaching support. For over a decade, she has specialized in building capacity to improve behavioral health at the national, state, regional and local levels. She brings a deep commitment to health equity and mental health equity to her leadership of in-person and virtual training and technical assistance (TTA). Her areas of expertise include preventing youth substance use; promoting cross-sector collaborations; addressing health disparities; and supporting needs assessment, strategic planning, logic model development, and sustainability planning. Jess holds an MSW and MPH from Boston University. 

Samantha Harries – Is currently the Director of Operations at the New Jersey Prevention Network, a public health agency working to create healthier communities by reducing the burden of substance abuse, addiction and other chronic disease. Previously the director of a County based prevention agency, she has been in the field of prevention for over 20 years and deeply involved with evidence-based programming at the local community, regional and statewide level



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