Environmental Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use (Webinar Recording)

Environmental Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

July 21, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


Environmental strategies are prevention interventions that address factors related to the context within which individuals make decisions about initiating and continuing substance use. By focusing on communal and societal risk and protective factors, including the social determinants of health, environmental strategies can provide an additional approach for prevention professionals. This webinar will discuss the different types of environmental strategies and provide examples of evidence-based strategies. It will also overview the collaborative partners needed to implement environmental strategies and how to fit environmental strategies into a comprehensive prevention approach.


  • Define environmental strategies and how they differ from behavioral strategies
  • Discuss how environmental strategies fit into a comprehensive approach to prevention
  • Overview the collaborative partners that can be necessary to implement environmental strategies
  • Summarize the categories of environmental strategies and provide examples


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, MS

Emily 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.



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