Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced Part 1: Understanding the Need for Adaptation and Implications for Prevention

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Date: August 9, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 NAADAC
Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table Target Audience: Prevention Professionals


Prevention professionals should ensure that the interventions implemented in their communities are effective for and appropriate to people in need of services. This includes ensuring that populations which are under-served or disadvantaged have access to preventions services tailored and relevant to their needs. Due to various systematic issues, many populations have historically not received such prevention services and have had difficulty accessing what services were available. By adapting evidence-based interventions, prevention professionals can implement more accessible, culturally relevant services. This two-part webinar series will review the need for adaptation, challenges and strategies associated with it, and examples of successful adaptations.


This webinar will introduce and discuss the importance of adapting evidence-based prevention interventions to better serve populations and their communities. It will explain why adaptation derived from cultural competence and humility can improve outcomes. The webinar will also discuss why adaptation is an important aspect to addressing behavioral health disparities. As part of this, the webinar will discuss the recent rise in hate crimes and discrimination and how their impact on behavioral health further necessitates improving prevention services for the communities most impacted. Lastly, the webinar will review some of the challenges to adaptation which prevention professionals should be prepared to address.



  1. Explain why cultural humility and adapting interventions can improve outcomes
  2. Review the racial and ethnic inequities in substance use prevention and their connections to the social determinants of health
  3. Discuss how rising discrimination and hate crimes can impact behavioral health outcomes among affected populations
  4. Review the common challenges associated with adaptation



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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local levels. 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Lauren PappacenaLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for NADCP and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


In order to be eligible for the 1.25 NAADAC contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected]


Starts: Aug. 9, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Aug. 9, 2022 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
August 9, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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