Platica/Conversation on ‘Toward Equity-Focused Prevention of Substance Misuse for Hispanic and Latino Populations: Old Trends and New Directions’

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This webinar is a follow up dialogue with Dr. Grigsby to dive deeper into conversation about cultural considerations when working on substance misuse prevention efforts in Latino communities. This time, he co-hosted the session with National Hispanic and Latino PTTC Project Director, Maxine Henry.

The webinar provides a quick overview of the content presented during the first session, and will offer participants the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences, challenges, and successes, as members of the Hispanic and Latino communities or as individuals who are working with the Hispanic and Latino populations. If you missed the first session, we highly encourage you to watch the recording as a primer for this Platica/Conversation. Please visit

By the end of this presentation and discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of identifying intra-ethnic differences in the Hispanic/Latino population
  • Discuss surface-structure and deep-structure cultural adaptations used in substance use prevention programs
  • Understand some of the major contextual/community and individual barriers/challenges to implementing prevention programs with Hispanic/Latino groups
  • Exchange ideas and lessons learned to leverage each other’s expertise in prevention efforts to apply equity in prevention efforts for Hispanic and Latino communities.


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Dr. Tim GrigsbyDr. Tim Grigsby is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Public Health. He completed his PhD in Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research) from the University of Southern California in 2016. His primary research interests are on the conceptualization, measurement, screening, and prevention of substance misuse; the health effects of childhood trauma exposure; and identifying sources of health disparities in Hispanic/Latina/o communities. His secondary interests are in the dissemination of novel research and analytic methods in public health research. His current work explores the role of family and community-based trauma exposure as risk factors for substance use, misuse, and related health outcomes in minority populations. Specifically, his work has identified adverse childhood experiences and perceived discrimination as important risk-factors of substance use, violence, and adverse health outcomes in ethnic and sexual minority populations.


Maxine Henry, MSW, MBAMaxine Henry, MSW, MBA has been committed to improving access to and decreasing disparities in behavioral health services, especially for BIPOC communities. Maxine’s work with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) is focused on the delivery of culturally and linguistically competent services to several communities across the Country. Most recently, her role as the Project Director for the National Hispanic and Latino Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC/PTTC) has allowed her to create access to culturally and linguistically tailored training and technical assistance to Latino communities and Latino serving communities. Much of her career has also been dedicated to providing peer-run services to those living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; focusing on community defined needs and solutions. She resides in the Denver Metro Area in Colorado.

May 1, 2022
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