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Prevention Science and Climate Action: Charting a course of involvement

May 26, 2021 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm,  Eastern Time (EDT)


Washington, DC, USA May 26, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Central Europe May 26, 2021 9:00 – 10 pm (CEST)
Australia & Asia May 27, 2021 5:00 – 6:00 am (AEST)

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a global consensus on transitioning to a sustainable world environment that will promote the health and well-being of people around the world. Four of the 17 sustainable goals outlined to support and sustain a globally healthy environment are particularly important for prevention researchers and specialists to address: #3 Good Health and Well-being, #4 Quality Education, #13 Climate Action, and #17 Partnerships for the Goals. Prevention researchers and specialists are well-positioned to support this global effort. Lu and colleagues (2015) suggest focusing on five priorities: 1) Devise metrics that will be practical indices for tracking progress for each of the SDGs; 2) Establish monitoring mechanisms on behaviors, values, and beliefs related to SDGs; 3) Evaluate progress regarding performance and implementation of SDGs; 4) Enhance infrastructure for monitoring and information-processing capacities globally; and 5) Standardize and verify data. During this International Forum Discussion, three approaches widely incorporated in prevention science will be presented as frameworks for engaging and collaborating on these SDGs and global efforts that address the intersection of climate action and public health: 1) Healthy youth development (individual and family-level important in the context of climate action); 2) Community-based approaches (community participatory models); and 3) Policy. The session will open with three “Ted-like talks” that focus on policy discussion using a public health lens, theories of behavior change, and systems science to address the interconnectedness of policy development with the psychological and sociological aspects of climate change. Responses from invited youth and early career prevention specialists will provide ideas about creative efforts, mobilizing and inclusion of “next generation” voices, and perspectives that will energize inspire our future actions. The audience will be asked to respond to presentations and responses, reflecting upon next steps to create active engagement in addressing climate action in our respective work, thereby contributing to the UN SDGs. Members from three international Prevention Science organizations are committed to working together to build working collaborative groups that will continue to develop initiatives relevant to addressing climate change as part of our ongoing work: the U.S. Society for Prevention Research (SPR), the European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR), and the Brazilian Association for Research on Prevention and Health Promotion (BRAPEP).  Following this session, three regional workshop sessions will be held, to allow actions and collaborations to facilitate effective change.

REGISTRATION IS FREE, but attendees must register for the International Networking Forum and/or a specific breakout session(s). Links to the breakout sessions are listed below each Regional breakout session. After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Chair of the International Networking Forum Session:  Brenda A. Miller, Ph.D.


John Toumbourou, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Health Psychology, Deakin University Faculty of Health

William Wieczorek, Ph.D., CEO & President of Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, Professor Emeritus, School of Natural and Social Sciences, State University of New York College at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo State)

Rebecca Boulos, Ph.D., M.P.H., Executive Director, Maine Public Health Association and Co-chair, Maine Climate Council Community Resilience Planning, Public Health, and Emergency Management Working Group.


Three World-wide Regional Workgroups  are scheduled to follow the International Networking Forum to  allow for discussion and developing recommendations for action plans for the International Committee of SPR, EUSPR, and BRAPEP.  Participants are invited to attend breakouts but must register for a specific breakout session.

Registration for Australian and Asian breakout session: 

May 27, 2021 at 9:00 – 10:00 am (AEST)


Washington, DC, USA May 26, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 pm (EDT)
Central Europe May 27, 2021 1:00 – 2:00 am (CEST)

Registration is free but required, register here:

Registration for Central Europe & Africa break out session:  

May 27, 2021 at 10:00 – 11:00 am (CEST)


Washington, DC, USA May 27, 2021 4:00 – 5:00 am (EDT)
Australia & Asia May 27, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 pm (AEST)

Registration is free but required, register here: 

Registration for Americas break out session:

May 27, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT)


Central Europe May 27, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 pm (CEST)
Australia & Asia May 28, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 am (AEST)

Registration is free but required, register here:

SPR International Committee, Invited Roundtable: Identifying the harm of marijuana legalization and potential responses for prevention scientists

You must be a 2021 virtual conference registrant to attend this session. Register here.

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 3:35 pm – 4:55 pm, EASTERN

Chair: John W. Toumbourou,  PhD, Deakin University, Australia


Stuart Reece, PhD, University of Western Australia, Australia

Julian Santaella-Tenorio, DrPH, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Columbia

Jennifer A. Bailey, PhD, University of Washington

Kevin A. Sabet, PhDSmart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM, Inc.)

Shane Varcoe, Dalgarno Institute, Australia

The SPR International Committee, Invited Roundtable, will focus on evidence-based advocacy to reduce the harms of marijuana legalization. The existing evidence for the harms of marijuana legalization will be firstly summarized and then potential opportunities will be examined for prevention scientists and policy and advocacy groups to encourage evidence-based policy responses. Dr. Stuart Reece will address the topic of the “Impacts of marijuana legalization on mental health, neurobiology, cancer and children”. He will outline his work linking large USA datasets and using novel causal inference techniques to analyze the temporal and geographic sequence of cannabis use and population harms. This work causally implicates USA cannabis use rates with adult and young adult mental illness (Reece and Hulls, 2020:, birth disorders and cancers, which are exacerbated by decriminalized and medical cannabis legal status. In Dr. Reece’s recent work, lag modelling implicates cannabis use in 107,436-122,998 of the USA’s 1,796,522 annual cancer cases in 2017 (5.98 – 6.84%). The attributable fraction in the exposed is highest for acute lymphoid leukemia. In bivariate temporal-geographic models cannabidiol is implicated in 11 cancers accounting for 52,611 cases (2.93%). Dr. Julian Santaella-Tenorio will overview work examining the “Impacts of legalizing marijuana on road safety”. Recent USA analyses of temporal and geographic variation suggests that, increased fatal crashes were evident following marijuana decriminalization ( and after the legalization of recreational use ( Dr. Jennifer A. Bailey will overview recent research examining marijuana use in Washington State. Dr. Kevin A. Sabet will outline policy and advocacy approaches utilized in his organization. The final Discussant,  Shane Varcoe, will outline a recent “Cannabis Conundrum” national policy and advocacy outreach campaign conducted by his organization across Australia.