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AGENDA at a Glance

June 15
9:30 AMCoffee and Conversation Groups
10:00 AMWelcome
10:05 AMOpening and Prevention Updates from Leadership
10:25 AMAlcohol Policy and the COVID-19 Pandemic
11:25 AMMovement Break
11:30 AMBreakout Sessions
12:15 PMLunch/Break
12:30 PMDig Deeper Discussions
1:15 PMBreakout Sessions
2:00 PMMovement Break
2:30 PMPlenary: Prevention and Equity
3:15 PMClosing/Agenda at a Glance
June 16
8:30 AMCoffee and Conversation Groups
9:00 AMWorking During COVID: Challenges and Opportunities? Plenary Panel
9:45 AMMovement Break
10:00 AMBreakout Sessions
10:45 AMMovement Break
11:15 AMBreakout Sessions
12:00 PMLunch/Break
12:15 PMDig Deeper Discussions
1:00 PMClosing Plenaries and Leadership Remarks
1:45 PMMovement Break
2:00 PMFinal Plenary and Closing Remarks
3:00 PMEnd of Conference

DAY 1 Plenary Sessions

Prevention Updates with Jessica Dicken, MSW, Section Chief, Community Wellness, Prevention and health Integration Team, DMH/DD/SAS

During this plenary session, Section Chief of ATOD Prevention, Jessica Dicken will discuss statewide progress on alcohol, prescription drugs and tobacco prevention initiatives, new and emerging state priorities, opportunities for continued collaboration with state and community partners and vision for a future prevention system.

Alcohol Policy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Who is Minding the Stores? with David Jernigan, PhD

What happened to alcohol use and alcohol policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what does that mean for the prevention field? This presentation will review what we know so far, in terms of use, policies and outcomes, and what the ramifications of these changes are for action in the short and long term.

Prevention and Equity: Focusing Prevention through a 3-D Equity Lens with Angela Maxwell, PhD, CPS

Shifting demographics, diverse communities and globalization drives the need for primary prevention practitioners in educational institutions, organizations, and communities to focus on equity. “Our capacity to examine our environments, decisions, policies, perspectives, budgets, space allocations, … and other areas with an eye to how we affect all members of the community will help us make the best decisions as [providers]” (Nair & Thomas, 2018). We must keep “issues of race, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other historically and currently marginalizing conditions’ at the center of [our] practice, advocacy and leadership” (Theoharis, 2007). This presentation will provide an overview of the importance of incorporating an equity lens into the work of primary substance use prevention with the goal of dismantling structures and systems of oppression; fostering transformative practices, programs, and policies; as well as sustaining success outcomes for all people.

DAY 2 Plenary Sessions

Working During COVID: Challenges and Opportunities? with Wilson Coalition, Orange Partnership, ADS, Western Youth Network, and Coastal Horizons

While COVID-19 has presented many challenges, it has also provided new opportunities to everyone including those who work to address substance misuse. Join us as we hear how prevention professionals identified what they could do to be effective while faced with barriers they had never dealt with before. Panelists will share their experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic and the creative ways they have adapted processes to continue the good work that they are doing in their communities.

Attorney General Updates and TREC Report with Attorney General Josh Stein, MPP, J.D., Steve Mange, J.D. and Jasmine McGhee, J.D.

Welcome to our afternoon plenary focused on updates from NC Attorney General Josh Stein and the work of the Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) by Jasmine McGhee and Steven Mange. Attorney General Josh Stein will provide an update on his work to hold corporations accountable over their role in creating the opioid epidemic and marketing e-cigarettes to young people, and his efforts to support national, state, and local strategies to address substance misuse.

Jasmine McGhee and Steven Mange will discuss the work of the Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC), appointed by Governor Roy Cooper and co-chaired by Attorney General Josh Stein and state Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls.  Their presentation will focus on TREC recommendations related to Substance Use Disorder, including strategies to reimage public safety, reinvest in communities, treat addiction as a public health crisis, promote diversion and alternatives to arrest, decriminalize marijuana possession, improve pretrial release and accountability practices, and increase funding for behavioral health services and programs in jails and prisons.

CBD, Delta-8-THC, and Marijuana Law and Policy: An Objective Discussion with Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS, CSAPC and Stacey Worthy, J.D.

In this session, an NC substance misuse prevention leader and a Washington, DC-based health and drug law attorney will discuss law and policy surrounding CBD, hemp, and marijuana. Topics will include legal definitions and their applicability to CBD and delta-8 THC products. The speakers will discuss federal activity and proposals; other states’ approaches, including efforts to improve social equity through marijuana policy; and factors to consider as North Carolinians evaluate our own marijuana policy. This session will also cover the importance of consumer awareness around CBD, delta-8 THC, and marijuana, including vaping-related risks.

Breakout Sessions

Handle With Care NC - Pilot Program with Michelle Geiser, Ed.D., LCMHC-A, LSC, Julie Honeycutt, and Kelly Teague

This presentation will share the results of the newly implemented Handle With Care (HWC) NC Pilot program. This pilot followed the “Handle With Care WV” model and rolled out in Henderson County, N.C. Participants will learn about data collected and potential outcomes of the pilot. There will be testimonials from those participating in the pilot. The HWCNC model will be shared at the conclusion of the session with information on its possible adaptation into other communities. Overview of HWCNC: This initiative allowed for early intervention to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) while providing protective factors. HWC NC is a simple model that allows law enforcement to quickly inform a child’s school if he/she has been in the home during a domestic dispute, warrant execution, or unintentional drug poisoning. This process allows the child’s teacher and additional school staff to be informed of the child’s trauma, without specific detail. School staff can then best respond to and support the child if concerning behaviors are expressed.

The Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide with Catherine Thatcher Brunson, B.S.

This presentation will help you gain knowledge about the intersection of substance use, mental health and suicide.  Also, you will be able to understand who is most at risk for co-occurring mental health disorders and identify situational “clues” or warning signs for suicide.  Finally, it will help you develop next steps to address substance misuse and suicide in your community efforts.

21st Century Marijuana with Ben Cort

Recent political changes in relation to marijuana are only part of the story. The publicized and politically charged world of drug policy has undergone immense changes over the past several years and those changes manifest not just in policy but also in the physical makeup of the cannabis plant. Not only has the perception of the plant changed, the actual plant itself has undergone dramatic changes as it has been industrialized and brought into a commercial market. As public opinion has softened towards cannabis the effects of consuming today’s marijuana remain poorly understood.

Home Remedies Prevention Initiative in COVID-19 World with Jeff Spargo, Mdiv

Home Remedies Community Options for Addressing Pain & Stress is an initiative in Mitchell and Yancey Counties focused on connecting members of the community with local alternative/complimentary practitioners to provide safe and effective treatment for pain/stress. The goal of the initiative is to prevent participants experiencing pain/stress from relying on potentially addictive substances like opioid prescriptions for relief. Session participants will discover more about this initiative, how it changed in 2020 due to COVID 19 and what it looks like today in 2021.

Community Impact NC: Geo-Mapping & Fencing with Doug Green

Using mapping technology, whether physical or virtual, is a great resource to combat substance misuse issues in any community. These technologies allow for users to have a visual representation of impacts and gaps within their community. This training is designed to highlight the use of geomapping to measure initiative impacts, map resources, and collect data. It will also explore the use of geo-fencing technology when implementing substance use communication campaigns. Participants will complete the session with a baseline knowledge of the benefits and uses of geo-mapping & fencing technology. Along with specific examples of how this technology has been utilized to impact substance misuse, it will also provide a basic “how-to” on performing a simple geo-fencing campaign with google ads.

MADD North Carolina: Working with You for a Future of No More Victims with Steven Burritt & Jennifer Lichtneger

MADD North Carolina is working to end impaired driving, support victims, and prevent underage drinking.  Only through working with individual volunteers and community partnerships can a goal this important be achieved.  The MADD NC team will give participants an overview of their primary services and ways that MADD and coalitions can work together to raise awareness and make a meaningful impact on the state’s impaired driving crashes that cause such tragic consequences.  MADD’s underage drinking programs, Power of Parents and Power of Youth that others can help deliver, will be highlighted.

Impact of Community Paramedicine on Prevention with Michael Barnes, J.D. & David Ezzell, MPA, Paramedic

This session will provide basic information about community paramedicine, post-overdose response teams, and the role EMS can play in prevention. We will look at examples of local North Carolina programs that integrate EMS providers and the recovery community together.

Shifting the Way We Promote Prevention to Youth with Charity Anderson, MPS, CPS

We will explore current, evidence-based approaches, and discuss how evolving our current norms, revising current prevention messaging, and including impacted populations into prevention effort development can increase protection and lower adolescent substance misuse. We will also identify strategies for empowering youth in prevention efforts.