Preventing Youth Vaping, Cannabis, and Tobacco Use Part 2: Strategies and Recommendations for the Field of Prevention

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Cost: FREE

Contact Hours:  1.25 (Certificate of Attendance and Social Work/Counseling CEUs provided by the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Training Institute)

Target Audience: Professionals or organizations; Community members (members of a community or consumers); Students or educators (including faculty, administrators, supervisors, etc.)

Developed for: SAMHSA Region 3


Reducing youth substance use rates remains a core goal of the prevention field. There have been many successes over the years, but there is more work to be done. New challenges, such as the introduction of vaping and the state legalization of adult cannabis use, have emerged. Old challenges, such as cigarette smoking, have also not yet been fully addressed and require regular re-investment. This two-part webinar series will provide an overview of the current status of three substances commonly used by youth: vapes, cannabis, and tobacco. Part 1 will review national and Central East (HHS Region 3) regional data and discuss relevant issues surrounding youth use of these substances. Part 2 will provide information on culturally responsive evidence-based practices for preventing youth vaping, cannabis, and tobacco use.


This webinar will provide information on available evidence-based and culturally responsive prevention strategies for addressing youth vaping, cannabis, and tobacco use. It will cover both environmental and behavioral interventions, as well as opportunities to implement or expand policies that can address the social determinants of health. This will include reviewing opportunities to expand the role of prevention in legislative and regulatory decision-making related to these substances. Lastly, it will describe how to ensure cultural responsiveness is incorporated into youth substance use prevention efforts and programming.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of providing evidence-based culturally responsive youth vaping, cannabis, and tobacco use prevention strategies
  2. Describe evidence-based behavioral strategies for preventing youth vaping, cannabis, and tobacco use
  3. Describe evidence-based environmental strategies for addressing social determinants of health relevant to youth vaping, cannabis, and tobacco use
  4. Explain how to ensure cultural responsiveness in youth substance use prevention programs


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of T/TA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth. In addition to T/TA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.

Olivia StuartOlivia Stuart, MSW  supports the training & technical assistance (T/TA) team in the development and delivery of knowledge translation products across multiple projects. In this capacity, she assists with webinars, literature reviews, and infographics on a range of behavioral health topics. Prior to joining Carnevale Associates, Olivia interned with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center where she supported projects to reduce inequities in the criminal justice system. Olivia also served as a Graduate Research Supervisor at George Mason University and worked for several years in LGBTQ+ advocacy and fundraising. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from George Mason University.


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

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: May. 30, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: May. 30, 2024 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
May 28, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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