Part 1: Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Prevention

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Date: December 14, 2021 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 NAADAC
Time: 2:30 PM—4:00 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table  

Social Determinants of Health and Environmental Strategies Webinar Series


The aspects of life that influence a person’s health, including their likelihood of engaging in risky behavior such as substance use, are numerous and varied. They range from very immediate, personal characteristics to overarching societal trends and conditions. The social determinants of health are these larger social or environmental aspects that influence us, such as the economic status of the neighborhoods in which we live, our access to quality health care services, and the amount of discrimination we face. Implementing wide-scale environmental strategies in collaboration with other public health stakeholders is a way for prevention professionals to address these determinants. This 2-part webinar series will overview the social determinants of health, their influence on risk of substance use, and recommendations on how to address them through environmental strategies.



This webinar will introduce and discuss the social determinants of health. It will explain which aspects have been found to be significantly linked to substance use, as well as how the social determinants of health are linked to inequity and health disparities. The webinar will provide recommendations on how prevention professionals can begin thinking about ways to address the social determinants of health and how to pursue a public health approach to prevention.



  • Explain what the social determinants of health are and how they relate to the socio-ecological model of prevention
  • Discuss the social determinants of health linked to increase risk of substance use
  • Review racial and ethnic inequities in substance use risk and prevention services
  • Overview the public health approach to prevention and recommendations for addressing the social determinants of health



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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Emily PattonEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip, holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


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

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.


Starts: Dec. 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Ends: Dec. 14, 2021 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 14, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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