APPLICATION IS OPEN - New England PTTC Project ECHO: Prevention in the Era of Commercial Cannabis (HHS Region 1)

April 27, 2021

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The landscape of cannabis prevention has changed dramatically as states across the country continue to pass laws decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis possession and establishing commercial markets for cannabis. In New England, all states allow medical use of cannabis while Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont also allow adult use. Substance misuse prevention professionals must be able to adjust their approach to cannabis prevention to adapt to changing public perception of cannabis, respond to changing policies, and be aware of new products and trends in cannabis use and misuse across the lifespan. Through this New England PTTC Project ECHO, we will seek to provide support and education for substance misuse prevention professionals to address the changing landscape of cannabis prevention in their state and communities.  The overall goals of this ECHO are to increase use of evidence-based approaches to cannabis prevention, policy and communication in New England.



At the conclusion of the Project ECHO, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current research on cannabis effects and trends in use
  • Identify current evidence-based strategies to prevent youth and young adult cannabis use and mitigate problematic adult use
  • Describe the trends of how commercial cannabis markets are emerging and evolving in New England states
  • Discuss environmental and policy approaches that may be effective for cannabis prevention
  • Use effective communication strategies to educate adults and youth about cannabis risk


Project ECHO®

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) is an evidence-based distance learning method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico, in which a group of faculty experts meets regularly with a participant cohort to engage in case-based discussion and learning. Using this format, this group will meet for 1.5 hours via Zoom videoconference on a monthly basis for 10 months consecutively. Each session will include a brief expert-led educational segment and an extended participant-led case discussion.



  • Current research on short and long-term effects of cannabis
  • State and local cannabis policy and implications for prevention
  • Cannabis trends among youth and adults
  • Environmental and policy approaches to cannabis prevention
  • Evidence-based interventions for youth, young people and adults
  • Impacts of race and ethnicity on cannabis policy, enforcement and prevention
  • Effective communication strategies to address cannabis risk
  • Overview of cannabis legalization laws and policies in New England



  • Renee Johnson, PhD – Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Expertise: Substance use epidemiology, emerging adults
  • Ken Winters, PhD - Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute (MN location); Expertise: Adolescent substance use and health, addiction assessment and intervention
  • Josh Esrick, MPP – Senior Policy Analyst, Carnevale Associates; Expertise: Substance use and behavioral health policy and regulation and implications for prevention
  • Gisela Rots, MS, CPS – Project Director, Center for Strategic Prevention Support; Expertise: substance misuse and youth risk prevention
  • Scott Gagnon, MPP, CPS – Project Director, New England PTTC; Expertise: Substance use policy and implications for prevention



  • Participate in all 10 sessions
  • With team, develop and present case presentation at designated ECHO session
  • Actively engage in group discussion around didactic presentations and case presentations throughout ECHO sessions
  • Share new knowledge gained with peers, colleagues, community as relevant to continue knowledge-sharing effect across New England



  • Work in a New England state (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
  • Participants are encouraged to apply as a team from an organization, coalition or program working on cannabis (marijuana) prevention. Team members do not have to be employed by the same organization (e.g. a coalition staff person and sector representative could participate as a team). Individuals may apply but application priority will be granted to teams.
  • Participants should have a cannabis prevention initiative as part of their workplan
  • At least 1 year of general prevention experience is recommended for individual participants or for at least 1 member of a team.
  • Applications are due by June 30, 2021. Apply online here: OR click here to download and complete the fillable PDF form.



  • ECHO will meet 3rd Thursday of the month August 2021-May 2022, 12:00-1:30pm (1.5 hours/session)
  • August 19 (Orientation)
  • September 16, 2021
  • October 21, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December 16, 2021
  • January 20, 2022
  • February 17, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
  • April 21, 2022
  • May 19, 2022



This program was developed by the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 1) to respond to a need for advanced training in cannabis/marijuana prevention to respond to evolving state policies on cannabis legalization within New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). This program is intended for prevention practitioners within the New England region who are working in the area of cannabis/marijuana prevention. This program is coordinated through New England PTTC partner CCSME, which is a licensed Project ECHO site.



Please contact Kristen Erickson [email protected] with any questions about this program or the application.


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