Regional Center Hosted Events

Reimagining Recovery

3 Part Series

This webinar series explores the structural, social, and root determinants of health, limitations of the brain disease model of addiction, and how criminalizing and punitive approaches to substance use are both normalized and exacerbating the overdose crisis. Presenters will highlight regional trends in opioid use, emphasize non-punitive strategies to support people who use drugs and/or are living in recovery, including harm reduction, and describe ways that communities can better support people who use drugs and their families. Participants will be encouraged to reimagine their roles and efforts in prevention, treatment, and recovery, to be more aligned with principles of health equity and justice.

Presenters: Tanner Derror, Lauren Kennedy, and Elizabeth Williams

Date: Thursdays, June 13, 20, 2024

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM CST/ 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Location: online webinar

Addressing the Stress, the Social Determinants of Health, and Resilience in Rural Communities: A Call to Action

This presentation will focus on understanding the signs, symptoms,
facts, and figures related to stress and physical/mental/chemical health
issues among individuals living in rural communities. Participants will
learn about risk and protective factors and prevention and intervention
strategies to increase emotional health and well-being. Information about
the social determinants of health and connection to others to address
stress-related issues will be shared.

Presenter: Brenda Mack

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Time: 10:00-11:15 AM CST/ 11:00-12:15 PM EST

Location: online webinar

MOUD 101

Join Dr. Keri Hager for a discussion about the use of medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will learn about the evidence behind medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), consider ways to explain MOUD, and discuss how to avoid stigma and ensure adequate treatment for people with OUD.

Presenters: Dr. Keri Hager

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Time: 12:00-1:00 PMCST/ 1:00-2:00 PM EST

Location: online webinar

Working with Pregnant and Parenting People Who Use Drugs

In this session we will be discussing addiction within the context of pregnancy and parenting. Discussion will focus on evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders for pregnant and parenting people who use drugs.

Learning objectives from participation in the session

1. Upon completion, participants will understand the definition of addiction.

2. Upon completion, participants will have a better understanding of evidence-based treatments for addiction.

Presenters: Dr. Cara Poland and Dr. Jonathan Stoltman

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Time: 9:00-10:30 AM CST/ 10:00-11:30 AM EST

Location: online webinar

Changing Families, Changing Outcomes: Compassionate Responses to Substance Use in the Family

3-Part Series

From Tough Love, to Loving Well

An overview of why families matter, and some simple things that we can do immediately to help families respond with intention through this process.

Date: Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 2024

Time: 9:00-10:00 AM CST/ 10:00-11:00 AM EST

Location: online webinar

Building Impactful Programs: Using the Logic Model Framework for Program Design and Outcome Measurement

Designing programs to address community needs can be challenging. The logic model framework is a simplified illustration of the relationships among resources, activities, and the changes that have resulted. This session will increase participants’ understanding of the components of logic model and their use in program development and evaluation. After understanding this framework, participants will learn practical evaluation practices and explore long-term outcome measurement through the programmatic example of organizational development.

Learning Objectives:

§ Discuss why Logic Models are used

§ Increase understanding of Logic Model components (Inputs, Outputs, & Outcomes)

§ Learn evaluation practices to measure and communicate outcomes.

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2024

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM CST/ 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EST

Location: online webinar

The Harm Reduction Gap: Implications for Public Health and Medical Providers

According to the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 60% of people over the age of 12 in the US used a drug in the past month – alcohol, nicotine, tobacco, and/or illicit drugs. In this session, attendees will be introduced to the concept of the ‘harm reduction gap”- the gap between conventional ‘just say no’ drug prevention and abstinence-only treatment where there are few to no services available to reduce the risks of drug use. In this gap in our continuum of care, the majority of people who use drugs, including social, experimental, and recreational users are otherwise disconnected from support or health services to stay safe. Beyond these groups, people with substance use disorders also fall into the harm reduction gap since over 90% will not receive specialty substance use treatment in any given year. Attendees will be introduced to harm reduction tools and interventions that can help keep the majority of people who use drugs safe while expanding our continuum of care to keep our communities safe.

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2024

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM CST/ 1:00-2:30 PM EST

Location: online webinar

About the Presenters

Brenda Mack, DSW, MSW,LICSW, is a trainer, presenter, consultant, and an Associate Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Before joining the faculty at BSU, Brenda worked for twenty years as a program manager, clinical supervisor, outpatient and in-home therapist, and mobile behavioral health crisis responder for Alluma, in Crookston, MN. She also provided assessment, counseling, crisis intervention, and follow-up services with farmers, ranchers, and their families.

Keri Hager, Pharm.D., BCACP is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hager currently practices at the Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment (CADT) and provides MAT/MOUD and harm reduction education for northeast Minnesota’s rural and Indigenous communities.

Dr. Cara Poland, MD, M.Ed, FACP, DFASAM, is a recognized expert in addiction medicine. She is a faculty member at Michigan State University. She earned her medical degree from Wayne State University and was trained in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her master’s degree in education from Boston University. She has an interest in educating healthcare providers and providers-in-training to improve care for patients with substance use disorders, particularly during pregnancy and early parenting.

Pam Lanhart is the Founder of Thrive Family Recovery Resources, a MN non-profit Recovery Community Organization created specifically to support family members impacted by their loved one’s substance use.  Pam is a  Certified Family Recovery Coach and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.  Pam services on the MN Governor’s Advisory Council for Substance Use and is passionate about assisting families to respond to substance use with compassion, empathy and kindness, based on evidence-based best practices.

Paul Roback, Professor and Community Development Educator (Ozaukee County, WI), Division of Extension Affiliate, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, School of Human Ecology. For for over 22 years, Paul Roback has strived to connect individuals and communities to the University of Wisconsin. As a county-based community development educator for UW-Madison’s Division of Extension, he has provided organizational development programming that has built the capacity of 100+ nonprofits, community organizations, coalitions, local governments, and school districts.

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