Social Determinants of Health & Substance Misuse: Implications for Prevention Planning, Session 2


This virtual learning series explored the connections between the social determinants of health and substance misuse and its consequences, while looking at how awareness and understanding of the social determinants can strengthen your prevention planning efforts. This session also looked at strategies to integrate the social determinants of health into work with community members and partners.


Debra Morris is a results-driven, people-centered professional who brings over 40 years of public health experience to improve population health. She leverages expertise in system strengthening, trauma-informed practices, training, technical assistance, and coalition building to develop culturally responsive interventions. Debra guides agencies with evidence-based and culturally competent prevention strategies to optimize and enhance service delivery models.  She is praised for her ability to mobilize diverse stakeholders in the development of community-centered solutions and utilizing effective methods to address health disparities. She received her MPH from Emory University School of Public Health and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Ben Spooner is a skilled training and technical assistance provider with more than a decade of experience in substance misuse prevention. He has expertise in communications planning, sustainability planning, strategic planning, product development, project management, event organizing, and developing and facilitating distance-learning events. Ben has served as a TA provider for the Center for Strategic Prevention Support since its inception in 2012. He has a passion for incorporating cultural and linguistic responsiveness into his work and helping the communities he works with do the same. He is a certified prevention specialist and has Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) certification from APMG International.

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