Understanding the Role of Policy in Preventing Substance Misuse Webinar

Understanding the Role of Policy in Preventing Substance Misuse Webinar 


Part 1: September 19, 2019 

Part 2: September 26, 2019 


Policy strategies can produce widespread adoption of behaviors and attitudes that promote health and reduce substance misuse. Yet, policy is one of the prevention strategies least utilized in the field. This two-part webinar series will help you get past barriers and misconceptions relative to policy by presenting clear steps for selecting and implementing policies that produce lasting change. 

Key Webinar Features 

  • Part 1 will examine specific policies to prevent youth alcohol use and prescription drug misuse. 
  • Part 2 will examine policies to prevent youth tobacco and marijuana use, with a focus on preventing vaping. 
  • Outline a process for identifying and enhancing the community conditions that promote policy adoption 
  • Review best practices for supporting policy implementation. 


Tracy Desovich, MPH, CPS - Tracy has over 25 years of experience in substance abuse prevention and public health. Her experience includes developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention services for students at the University of Connecticut and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her expertise includes community health assessment, planning, organizing and evaluation, leadership development, utilizing data to mobilize change, social norms marketing and healthy communities’ principles. 

Ivy Jones-Turner, MPA - For over 20 years, Ivy has provided organizational capacity assistance on health promotion and prevention in substance abuse, suicide, violence, injury, and mental health with nonprofit and community-based organizations, state and faith-based agencies, and school districts. Her capacity building skills include program evaluation, training and technical assistance in program design and implementation, organizational development, partnerships/collaborations, and grant management. Ms. Jones Turner is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Noreen Burke, MPP - Noreen M. Burke is a training and technical assistance specialist in substance misuse prevention with EDC and has extensive local public health and human rights leadership experience in strategic planning, budgeting, grant writing, project management, program operations, program and product development, event organizing, advocacy, and community education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Tufts University. 

Part 1 Sept 19 2019:

Part 2 9 26 2019:

Supplemental Materials 

Knowing what Policies are in Place 

Surveying the Landscape

Session Slides Part 1

Session Slides Part 2

Session Transcript Part 1

Session Transcript Part 2

Webinar Flyer

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