Improving Prevention’s Reactivity to Emerging Trends (Webinar Recording)

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Improving Prevention’s Reactivity to Emerging Trends
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

September 22, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will discuss evidence-based strategies for substance use prevention professionals to respond more quickly to emerging trends. Prevention professionals face an ever-shifting landscape, with changes in prevalence trends potentially requiring changes in focus or strategies. Prevention needs to be able to react to these shifts. This webinar will overview ways to better accomplish this, including building epidemiological surveillance capacity, conducting resource assessments, and expanding the use of selective and indicated prevention services. The webinar will also discuss the implications of a post-COVID world on addressing emerging trends.


  • Explain how a fast prevention response can alter the course of an emerging trend
  • Identify strategies for improving epidemiological surveillance
  • Recognize how resource assessments can bolter capacity for addressing emerging trends
  • Understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prevention’s capacity to address emerging trends


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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