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

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Date: December 6, 2022 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table Contact Hours: 1.25 NAADAC (pending)
Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET Blank space (transparent) for table Cost: FREE Blank space (transparent) for table Target Audience: Prevention Professionals


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 individuals, 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. Due to their widescale impacts, addressing these determinants should be a key part of a comprehensive approach to prevention. Prevention professionals can implement environmental strategies in collaboration with other public health stakeholders to address these determinants. This two-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.



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

  1. Understand what the social determinants of health are and how they relate to the socio-ecological model of prevention
  2. Identify the social determinants of health linked to increase risk of substance use
  3. Consider how racial and ethnic inequities influence substance use risk and services
  4. Begin pursuing a public health prevention approach to address 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 T/TA to numerous organizations. 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.



Emily Patton, MSEmily 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 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: Dec. 6, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Dec. 6, 2022 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
December 6, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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