Although the knowledge of the etiology of youth drug use (i.e., identification of risk and protective factors) and the development of preventive interventions to deter youth drug use have increased dramatically around the world in recent years, the dissemination and implementation of these preventive interventions have not met sufficient reach or fidelity to achieve large-scale effectiveness. Several reasons for this include poor adaptation of interventions for new countries or new target populations, limited financial resources, insufficient organizational capacity to “root” interventions for sustained use and, generally, a lack of knowledge of what works in dissemination and implementation science.
This presentation will offer some examples and challenges facing countries throughout the world to implement drug use preventive interventions for youth. It will conclude with a summary of a recent Organization of American States-funded project to identify and catalogue youth drug preventive interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Date, Time, & Location
Friday, March 31, 2023
11:30 AM-1:00 PM CDT
This virtual presentation is free and open to the public.
Join the Zoom videoconference March 31, 2023.
Associate Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Eric Brown is an associate professor at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health. He directs the Implementation Science track for the department’s Ph.D. program in prevention science, and is a member of the Society for Prevention Research International Committee.
He works on the development, implementation and testing of community- and school-based preventive interventions in the United States and in Latin America, and is the principal investigator of a U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study examining risk factors for adolescent drug use among the United States, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.
Brown's research interests focus on the application of advanced research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention programs and implementation systems. He currently teaches Implementation Science, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Prevention Science.