Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Vulnerable Populations (Webinar Recording - August 2021)

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Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Vulnerable Populations
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

August 5, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will discuss adapting prevention interventions to better support underserved and diverse populations in keeping with cultural humility and competence principles. Due to a variety of systematic issues, many populations have historically not received prevention services tailored to their needs and have had difficulty accessing what services were provided. By adapting evidence-based interventions, prevention professionals can implement interventions that are a better fit for the specific needs of different populations.  Prevention professionals should assess the conceptual and practical fit of interventions, and how adaption might improve them. This webinar will discuss these topics, as well as summarize the evidence base for why adaptation is important for improving outcomes among diverse populations. It will also provide an overview of evidence-based processes for promoting successful adaption outcomes and provide examples of successful adaptions.


  • Explain why cultural humility and adapting interventions can improve outcomes
  • Discuss processes to improve cultural humility at an organizational level
  • Overview conceptual and collaborative processes for adapting interventions
  • Provide 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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