2021 Annual Conference

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Registration for the Second Annual Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction Conference is now open!

The annual conference of the Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction brings together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, funders, and community leaders to focus on community-engaged solutions to problems of substance use. Opportunities to leverage evidence-based solutions in coordination across extension/education, faith-based, criminal justice, and healthcare systems are highlighted. Sessions on each of these systems are designed to stimulate impactful collaborations between individuals across systems and across communities within the Commonwealth and beyond.


Agenda for May 3, 2021
10:15-10:25am Welcome:  Dr. Stephanie Lanza, Outgoing CCSA Director

Opening RemarksDr. Eric Barron, President of Penn State University

10:25-11:10am Educational Systems: Critical Partnerships for Evidence-Based Prevention

chaired by Dr. Janet Welsh, Penn State Prevention Research Ctr. with panelists:

Dr. Paul Kazmarcik, Carbondale School District

Dr. Scott Gest, University of Virginia

Ms. Melissa Tomascik, Penn State University

11:10-11:15am Coffee Break
11:15-12:00pm Engaging the Faith-Based Community: An Opportunity and a Challenge

chaired by Mr. Christian Thrasher, Clinton Foundation with panelists:

Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman, Chabad Intown

Rev. Melissa Maher, United Methodist Church

Imam Dr. Basem Hamid, Shadow Creek Muslim Community Center             

12:00-1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00-1:45pm Correctional Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Progress, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

chaired by Dr. Derek Kreager, Penn State Criminal Justice Research Ctr. with panelists:

Mr. Steven Seitchik, PA Department of Corrections

Dr. Kristofer (Bret) Bucklen, PA Department of Corrections

Mr. Jared Lutz, RASE Community Recovery Organization

1:45-2:30pm Beyond the Clinic Walls: Advancing Healthcare Approaches to Substance Use

chaired by Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, Penn State College of Medicine with panelists:

Dr. Sheryl Ryan, Penn State College of Medicine

Ms. Meghna Patel, PA Department of Health

Dr. Linda Thomas-Hermak, The Wright Center for Community Health

2:30-2:45pm Coffee Break
2:45-3:30pm  Interacting Systems chaired by Dr. Paul Griffin, Incoming CCSA Director

Mr. David Saunders, PA Department of Health