Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced, Part 2: Strategies and Practices for Adapting Evidence-Based Programs (Webinar Recording)

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Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced
Part 2: Strategies and Practices for Adapting Evidence-Based Programs
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

August 16, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will explore various practices and strategies for prevention professionals to consider when adapting interventions. It will review the primary frameworks and models that prevention professionals can use to structure their adaptation efforts. The webinar will also explain how to assess community context and determine the conceptual and practical fit of interventions. Additionally, it will review opportunities for prevention organizations to improve their cultural humility and competence. Lastly, the webinar will share examples of successful adaptations of evidence-based prevention interventions.


  • Outline the ecological validity and cultural sensitivity frameworks for cultural adaptation
  • Overview conceptual and collaborative processes for adapting interventions
  • Discuss opportunities to improve organizational cultural humility
  • Share examples of successful adaptations of prevention interventions


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.
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.


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