Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Approaches (Webinar Series) Part 2 of 4: Understanding Risk and Protective Factors and Identifying Factors in Your Community (Webinar Recording)

Central East Webinar Series: Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Approaches
Part 2: Understanding Risk and Protective Factors and Identifying Factors in Your Community

Josh Esrick, MPP, and moderated by Lauren Pappacena, MSW

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May 30, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View series page  |  View all Central East series


This is part two of a four-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on implementing evidence-based prevention approaches.

Risk and protective factors influence the relative likelihood that an individual will engage in substance use and can come from nearly all aspects of life. Many factors are common across substances, others can be specific to certain substances, and it is important for preventionists to understand what these factors are and their impacts. This webinar will discuss these topics and the research behind them, as well as strategies for identifying the presence of factors in your community.


  • Review the importance of understanding risk and protective factors
  • Walk through the socio-ecological model and the different kinds of factors that exist
  • Identify and explain common risk and protective factors
  • Overview strategies to understand the scope and prevalence of specific factors


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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local level. 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 Pappacena, MSWLauren 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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