Webinar: Substance Use Prevention: It’s Good for Business!

january 2019

31jan12:00 pm1:00 pmWebinar: Substance Use Prevention: It's Good for Business!12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Online


Event Details

Thursday January 31, Noon – 1:00 CST


Did you know it’s been estimated we spend 1/3 of our lives at work? Employers can have a large influence in our communities and can be a valuable partner for preventing substance use and misuse. Unfortunately, coalitions often feel unsure how best to engage them. In this webinar you will hear about a recent example of employer engagement and learn about a free toolkit you can use in your community.

The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Business Partnership developed a toolkit with five steps employers can take to be a part of the opioid epidemic response. The toolkit includes customizable materials that employers can disseminate to their employees including tweets, emails, and flyers with data, information, and resources to prevent and address substance use disorder within the workplace.

Participants will leave knowing:

  • The contents of the Employer Toolkit and where to access it.
  • Practical ideas for how the Employer Toolkit can be used in the workplace.
  • Three tips for engaging local employers as a champion for substance use & misuse prevention and recovery.




Lucas Nesse is the Director of Health Policy for the Minnesota Business Partnership. The Business Partnership’s members consist of more than 120 CEOs and senior executives from Minnesota’s largest employers. Nesse leverages their knowledge and experience when analyzing Minnesota’s challenges and makes policy recommendations to strengthen Minnesota’s economy and quality of life.

Nesse previously served as a key senior staff member advising leaders and members of the Minnesota Senate as Legislative Director for the Republican Majority Caucus. He managed the caucus legislative agenda and served as a chief advisor to the Majority Leader of the Senate.





Alison Molitor is the Drug Overdose Communications Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. She is responsible for coordinating communications efforts related to the opioid epidemic. Molitor is part of the Data Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI) team, a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of DDPI is to increase the timeliness, accuracy, and utility of opioid-related data and information to inform prevention initiatives and prevent overdose deaths. Visit health.state.mn.us/opioiddashboard to learn more.


(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm