Strengthening Data Collection Efforts to Respond to Emerging Prevention Priorities Peer Sharing


May 22, 2020 



Data collection is an integral part of identifying patterns of substance misuse in communities and informing prevention priorities. In this peer sharing session our experts work directly with prevention fieldworkers to identify and address challenges with data collection and provide more in-depth information on how to use GIS for prevention purposes. 


Key Features 

  • Workshop data-related challenges to identifying emerging prevention priorities 
  • Explore ways to use geographic information systems (GIS) to organize data and reveal local substance use “hotspots” 
  • Ask experts to address common challenges to collecting data and using GIS 



Cory Morton – Cory is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire. His research investigates the community context of substance use—whether structural features of neighborhoods, such as access to substance use services lessen substance related harms. Cory’s role on the PTTC is to coordinate the special focus on geospatial applications, providing webinars and technical assistance on using mapping to determine community need or to evidence change. 

Clare Neary – Clare is with the Rutgers University School of Social Work Center for Prevention Science and is the current project coordinator for the Northeast and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center. She has worked in the substance misuse prevention field for close to a decade, with a special focus on outcomes-based prevention and environmental strategies. Her work in the field of prevention includes focus on public health models include the Strategic Prevention Framework, coalition building, prevention training and technical assistance, and program evaluation. 

Kristen Gilmore Powell - Dr. Powell is an Assistant Research Professor with the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Center for Prevention Science. She is also the Director of the Northeast and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Powell earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work, in 2013. She has been conducting research and evaluation on topics relevant to prevention science, environmental strategies, empowerment theory, sustainability, and health disparities for more than 12 years. Dr. Powell currently serves as Principal Investigator and Investigator on multiple externally funded research projects. Much of this work focuses on how individual and environmental strategies can prevent the harmful consequences of substance misuse and abuse, particularly in communities identified with high need and existing health disparities. 

Carol Oliver - Carol is the director of Prevention Solutions at EDC, a training and resource hub that is strengthening the substance misuse prevention workforce in communities across the United States. Drawing on her experience leading large-scale initiatives, she heads up a multidisciplinary team providing award-winning online courses and customized consultation focused on topics such as reducing health disparities, strategic planning, program design, sustainability, and evaluation.



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