Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 2: Preparing for the Future and Learning Lab (Webinar Recording)

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Prevention and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Part 2: Preparing for the Future and Learning Lab
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

February 2, 2022, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will begin by discussing what lessons learned the prevention field can take from the COVID-19 pandemic, what the 2020 substance use trends discussed in Part 1 may mean for the future. It will include an overview of what steps prevention organizations can take to best address these trends as well as to be better prepared for any future societal-wide impacts. The webinar will also provide a learning lab portion with question prompts for small group discussion, allowing participants to share their own lessons learned and plans for the future with each other.


  • Review lessons learned for prevention from the pandemic
  • Facilitate participant discussion of shared experiences and future plans
  • Discuss recommendations for improving services post-COVID


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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