A Public Health Approach to Problem Gambling

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 10:00 – 11:00AM
60-minute webinar
No fee to attend

The webinar will help participants define public health and define the nature of problem gambling in a broader societal context. The speaker will describe the relationship of problem gambling to other problems and identify three public health approaches for problem gambling prevention. The speaker will also discuss Gambling Disorder within the content of health equity.

Odessa Dwarika has 25 years of experience as a public health professional working towards healthy and equitable communities. As Director of Programs and Services, Odessa oversees training, technical assistance, and capacity building efforts throughout the continuum of care for disordered gambling and gaming. She works to promote a trauma informed understanding of gaming and gambling problems, particularly in communities that have high exposure to racism, economic marginalization, institutionalization, and precarious immigration status. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, received her Master’s in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge MA. Odessa is a Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner.