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Adapting Prevention Interventions to Better Serve Populations Which Are Under-Resourced Part 1: Understanding the Need for Adaptation and Implications for Prevention

August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Prevention professionals should ensure that the interventions implemented in their communities are effective for and appropriate to people in need of services. This includes ensuring that populations which are under-served or disadvantaged have access to preventions services tailored and relevant to their needs. Due to various systematic issues, many populations have historically not received such prevention services and have had difficulty accessing what services were available. By adapting evidence-based interventions, prevention professionals can implement more accessible, culturally relevant services. This two-part webinar series will review the need for adaptation, challenges and strategies associated with it, and examples of successful adaptations.


This webinar will introduce and discuss the importance of adapting evidence-based prevention interventions to better serve populations and their communities. It will explain why adaptation derived from cultural competence and humility can improve outcomes. The webinar will also discuss why adaptation is an important aspect to addressing behavioral health disparities. As part of this, the webinar will discuss the recent rise in hate crimes and discrimination and how their impact on behavioral health further necessitates improving prevention services for the communities most impacted. Lastly, the webinar will review some of the challenges to adaptation which prevention professionals should be prepared to address.


  1. Explain why cultural humility and adapting interventions can improve outcomes
  2. Review the racial and ethnic inequities in substance use prevention and their connections to the social determinants of health
  3. Discuss how rising discrimination and hate crimes can impact behavioral health outcomes among affected populations
  4. Review the common challenges associated with adaptation




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