Technology and Prevention: Current Innovations and Strategies for Expanding Prevention Efforts (Webinar Recording)


As most individuals, both nationally and globally, have access to either a computer or smartphone, technology has evolved into a valuable preventionist tool. This webinar will explore the varied platforms and contexts in which technology can be applied in a preventionist setting. It will explore innovations in tele-health relative to substance use prevention and address common barriers in adopting technology based interventions. Additionally, strategies for utilizing technology in expanding prevention efforts are discussed.


  • Understand the role of technology through a preventionist lens
  • Discuss current developments in technology relative to substance use prevention and related legislation
  • Identify common barriers to implementing technology based interventions
  • Walkthrough best practices and strategies for expanding the reach of prevention efforts through technology


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. blank space for tables (transparent) small Emily PattonLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for NADCP and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.

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August 15, 2019
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