Substance Use and HIV, Part 2: Recommendations for Prevention Professionals (Webinar Recording)

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Substance Use and HIV
Part 2: Recommendations for Prevention Professionals
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Princess Walker, MPHc

July 26, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will provide recommendations to prevention professionals interested in providing HIV-related services. This includes dual-focused substance use and HIV prevention programming, substance use prevention services for people living with or at risk for HIV, and HIV prevention services for people with or at risk for substance use. The webinar will provide examples of evidence-based and promising programs and discuss the importance of developing public health partnerships to implement them. It will review opportunities to improve services for populations disproportionately impacted by HIV, such as LGBTQ, BIPOC, and Hispanic communities, and share examples of successful practices. The webinar will also provide key recommendations for developing new pilot programs and ensuring to incorporate cultural competency and humility. Lastly, it will provide an opportunity for webinar participants to take part in small breakout group discussion of these topics.


  • Review evidence-based and promising programs for HIV and substance use prevention
  • Summarize opportunities to improve services and to develop public health collaborative partnerships
  • Discuss recommendations for developing new pilot programs
  • Provide small group discussion and shared learning opportunity


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 training and technical assistance to numerous organizations at the Federal, state, and local levels. 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.

Princess WalkerPrincess Walker, MPHc, graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Health Administration and Policy Program with a concentration in Public Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a results-oriented public health professional passionate about community health education, inequality, public health research, and eliminating health disparities. Specifically, she serves underprivileged communities to address health disparities in high-risk groups. She has worked extensively at both the community and state levels developing strategic prevention/behavioral healthcare plans and enforcing policies. Princess is proficient in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, program/project management, and public health issues. Recognized for orchestrating work processes and instilling trust and confidence in stakeholders in education, private entities, government organizations, and participants that support public health objectives—currently advancing her degree as an MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. She hopes to advance community-level monitoring and evidence-based interventions and training to improve health outcomes produced by Substance used disorder and other communicable diseases.

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