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Prevention Matters Podcast

The official podcast of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

For well over 50 years, prevention science has generated practices and policies that have improved countless lives throughout the lifespan by avoiding negative health and social outcomes (e.g., substance use disorder, academic failure, violence, mental illness) and strengthening conditions that enable individuals, families, and communities to thrive. The NPSC is dedicated to improving the reach and impact of prevention science. Join host Dr. Robert LaChausse as he interviews the most influential researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of prevention science. Each episode contains engaging conversations with powerful information to help you stay abreast of the field, connect with others like you who are doing important prevention work, and tips for improving your work and navigating the policy-making process.

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Anthony Petrosino: Episode 8

February ∙ 2024

On Episode 8 of the Prevention Matters podcast, I speak with Dr. Anthony Petrosino, Director of WestEd’s Justice and Prevention Research Center. I ask him about his career studying violence prevention, the effectiveness of Scared Straight programs, how to best prevent youth violence and his favorite cop movie.

Sara Dube: Episode 7

May ∙ 2022

On Episode 7 of the Prevention Matters podcast, I talk with Sara Dube from the Pew Charitable Trust. Sara is the Director of the Results First Initiative working to advance evidence-based decision-making to help government leaders direct investments into programs and policies that generate the best outcomes. Sara talks about her background and experience in public policy, what most people get wrong when dealing with policymakers, and the nickname her friends call her.

Dr. Cady Berkel: Episode 6

March ∙ 2022

On Episode 6 of the Prevention Matters podcast, I chat with Dr. Cady Berkel from Arizona State University. Cady’s work focuses on examining how community-based mental health and substance use programs are implemented and how this affects the effectiveness of prevention programs. We talk about the importance of implementation fidelity, the value of community-based research, and her favorite 80’s movie.

Dr. Christopher Jones: Episode 5

February ∙ 2022

On episode 5 of the Prevention Matters Podcast, I speak with Dr. Christopher Jones, Deputy Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about his role at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, how his own experience in recovery has influenced his work in substance abuse prevention, advice for new professionals entering the field, his experience as an officer in the US Public Health Service, and how many pushups he can do. Producer and Host: Robert G. LaChausse; Title Narration by Carol Damgen

Susan Polan: Episode 4

October ∙ 2021

On episode 4 of the Prevention Matters Podcast, I chat with Susan Polan of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to learn about her background in public health policy, how to best show the benefits of prevention work, what the APHA is up to this year, and who will win the World Series. Producer and Host: Robert G. LaChausse; Title Narration by Carol Damgen

Sherry Glied: Episode 3

June ∙ 2021

On Episode 3 of the Prevention Matters Podcast, I speak with Health Economist Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. I ask her about her long career in health policy, why our society is more likely to fund healthcare than prevention, how to influence prevention policy at the federal level, and discover what house she would be in in the Harry Potter Wizarding world. Producer and Host: Robert G. LaChausse; Title Narration by Carol Damgen

Donna Shalala: Episode 2

March ∙ 2021

On Episode 2 of the Prevention Matters podcast, we speak with Donna Shalala, former congresswomen and US Secretary of Health and Human Services. She shares with us how her background in the Peace Corps prepared her for a career in public service, why prevention continues to take a backseat to healthcare, how to best communicate prevention information to policymakers, and what to do if you’re ever invited to the White House. Producer and Host: Robert G. LaChausse; Title Narration by Carol Damgen

Diana Fishbein: Episode 1

October ∙ 2020

On Episode 1 of the Prevention Matters Podcast, we chat with Dr. Diana Fishbein, Co-Director of the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC), and learn how her experiences growing up in and around Washington DC laid the foundation for a career in prevention, the challenges working in the field, how the NPSC is helping practitioners and researchers navigate the policy-making process, and what job she would never want to do. Producer and Host: Robert G. LaChausse; Title Narration by Carol Damgen

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