The Social Determinants of Health and Environmental Strategies (2023 Webinar Series), Part 1: Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Prevention (Webinar Recording - November 2023)

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The Social Determinants of Health and Environmental Strategies (2023 Series)
Part 1: Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Prevention
Josh Esrick, MPP, Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip, and Olivia Stuart, LMSW

November 28, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will introduce and discuss the social determinants of health. It will explain which determinants have been found to be significantly linked to substance use risk, and how they are linked to inequity and health disparities. The webinar will also provide recommendations on how prevention professionals can begin thinking about ways to address the social determinants of health.


  • Understand what the social determinants of health are and how they relate to the socio-ecological model of prevention
  • Identify the social determinants of health linked to increase risk of substance use
  • Describe how racial and ethnic inequities influence substance use risk and services


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of T/TA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth. In addition to T/TA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.


Emily Patton, MSEmily 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.



Olivia StuartOlivia Stuart, MSW  supports the training & technical assistance (T/TA) team in the development and delivery of knowledge translation products across multiple projects. In this capacity, she assists with webinars, literature reviews, and infographics on a range of behavioral health topics. Prior to joining Carnevale Associates, Olivia interned with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center where she supported projects to reduce inequities in the criminal justice system. Olivia also served as a Graduate Research Supervisor at George Mason University and worked for several years in LGBTQ+ advocacy and fundraising. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from George Mason University.


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