Online Virtual Conference | May 5-7, 2020
North CarolinaPrevention
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The North Carolina Prevention Conference is an opportunity for those who are passionate about substance use prevention to learn and collaborate on the latest trends, topics, best practices, and community strategies.

This year we are excited to include a youth track designed to empower youth and equip adults with the tools to support youth in community change strategies.

  • Substance Use Prevention Professionals

  • Substance Use Coalition Leaders

  • School Counselors

  • Social Workers

  • Parents

  • Community Leaders

  • Empowered Youth

  • Addiction Specialists

About The Prevention Conference
May 5-7, 2020 | Virtual Online Conference
Keynotes & Bios
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“Save-the-Date… May 5-7, 2020. Join Us for the North Carolina Prevention Conference!

The Conference Keynote Speakers

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MPA, JD, N.C. Attorney General
Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General in 2017. As Attorney General, he is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud. Stein has made combatting the opioid epidemic a top priority.
Jessica Dicken. MSW
MSW, Section Chief, Community Wellness, Prevention and Health Integration Team, DMH/DD/SAS
Jessica has twenty one years of experience in substance misuse prevention, including thirteen years conducting training and technical assistance to prevention block grant providers, law enforcement, coalitions and collaboratives in Illinois and North Carolina.
Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H.
Senior Program Officer, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program
Dr. Gardiner received his Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, where he focused on Youth Violence as a public health issue. For the past 20 years, Dr. Gardiner has lectured around the country on African American health disparities generally and menthol smoking in the Black Community, particularly.
The Conference Schedule
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  • Opening Remarks

    Anna Godwin, Executive Director Community Impact NC (CINC)

    Jessica Dicken, Section Chief, Community Wellness, Prevention, and Health Integration Team, DMHDDSAS

    May 5, 2020 9 A.M. - 9:10 A.M.
  • Litigation with JUUL

    Josh Stein, MPA, JD, North Carolina Attorney General.

    Introduction by Steve Mange, JD.

    10:25 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.
  • The Triangulum: An Emerging New Paradigm in Substance Use and Abuse

    Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H., Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.

    This presentation will look at the intersection of tobacco, marijuana and electronic cigarettes, the delivery devise for the 2 before mention drugs and others. This will include understanding the chemical composition of both e-liquid and the resulting aerosol. This presentation will also delve into the chemical composition of Marijuana smoke and its similarities to tobacco smoke. We will also look at Hookah, and IQOS.

    11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
  • More About E-Cigarettes: An Uphill Battle

    Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H., Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.

    The session will focus on Nicotine Salts, FDA Regulations(sic) and the Evali crises.

    1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
  • From Silos to Partnerships: Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration

    Ret. Lt. Patrick Burns, Vice Chair of the Orange County ABC Board

    Gayane Chambless MA, NCC, Program Director, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth

    By moving from a siloed to a team approach, communities can increase their capacity to address high risk and underage alcohol use. This presentation will provide information on how community collaboratives and organizations can effectively work together with law enforcement to inform and enhance one another’s efforts by building a multi-agency team. Information will be provided on the different types of targeted enforcement operations that can be conducted, as well as highlight the benefits and additional resources that result from building community partnerships. The session will be beneficial to officers specialized in alcohol enforcement, as well as to community collaboratives and organizations interested in building or becoming part of a multi-agency enforcement team.

    3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
  • Save Us From the Heroes

    Colber Prosper, CADCA

    Building community partnerships and coalition membership can be slow or stagnate. The struggle is real. This session will cover how issues of leadership, community politics, inequalities and coalition structure can hurt overall collaboration and impact. The instructor will share how having a “hero’s mentality” can fuels such issues and it will take collaborative leaders to produce real community change. Participants will discuss principles of collaborative leadership and how they will apply them to their coalitions.

    9:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
  • Preparing for Change: Substance Misuse Prevention in a Legalized State

    Annie Murphey, LICSWA, CDP

    A Coordinator’s role is extremely diverse, but adding in challenges of promoting prevention and making community level systematic changes in a state that has legalized marijuana brings it’s own set of challenges. Learn some ideas that have been helpful, as well as things we wish we would have done differently at the local with legalized marijuana in Washington State to help you make your next steps. Bring questions.

    10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
  • Best Practices in Alcohol Policy

    Dylan Ellerbee, BA, Research Associate, UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest School of Medicine

    This session will review the established best practices in alcohol policy. Utilizing Alcohol No Ordinary Commodity and the CDC Community Guide on Excessive Alcohol Consumption, participants will be taught what policies work and in reducing excessive and underage alcohol consumption. In addition to reviews of best practice policies, participants will be introduced to the advocacy techniques that have worked at the state and national level in moving alcohol policy.

    1:15 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
  • Engaging Youth in Coalition Work

    Poe Health Center Youth

    2:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Identifying and Reducing Health Disparities: Applying the Standards of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

    Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC, Project Coordinator for the North Carolina Behavioral Health Equity Initiative and the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine

    The National CLAS standards are designed to improve health equity, by establishing standards by which organizations operate. In this session, participants will review the foundational terminology, explore how to enhance organizational cultural competence, and discuss the importance of cultural adaptations in the implementation of prevention strategies.

    9:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
  • Pregnancy and Vaping: Understanding the Scope of the Problem and How to Address It

    Megan Canady, MSW, MSPH, Research Associate with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health

    Vaping among women of reproductive age has become common, including during pregnancy despite the potential risks. In this session, learn more about the scope of this problem including the negative maternal and infant health outcomes. Attendees will learn how to address vaping during pregnancy through effective screening and counseling methods. Further, free resources to support providers and patients alike will be shared.

    10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
  • Let’s Talk: Marijuana Legalization and Policy

    Annie Murphey, LICSWA, CDP

    Understand struggles and wins from Washington State’s experience, on a state-wide level, with legalized retail marijuana. Plan for changes that can take place when retail marijuana becomes a reality: what policies can help in prevention, what policies should you look at in advance; who should be at the table? These are all questions that will be answered in this one-hour session. With a quick look at WA campaigns, state-wide prevention design, and data to assist with your predictions and planning in North Carolina.

    1:00 P.M. - 2:15 P.M.
  • Evidence-based Strategies to Address the E-cigarette Epidemic Among Youth

    Jim Martin, Director of Policy and Programs, NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch

    This session will describe the current landscape of e-cigarettes and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The session will focus on evidence-based policy,
    prevention, and cessation strategies. Participants will also learn about key state and national resources.

    2:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
The Conference Venue
(Virtual Online Format via WebEx & Conference App Links)
Get Registered
Registrations & Patyment MUST Be Completed No Later Than April 27, 2020. No Exceptions.
Early Bird Conference Registration
Early-Bird Sale Ends February 28th

This ticket admits one to the North Carolina Prevention Conference. When registering a youth, please mark "N/A" for registration questions that don't apply.

General Registration
Regular Pricing Begins After February 28th

This ticket admits one to the North Carolina Prevention Conference. When registering a youth, please mark "N/A" for registration questions that don't apply.


Unfortunately, we are NO LONGER accepting exhibitors.  All exhibitor spots have been filled at this time.

Scholarships & Youth Stipends
APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED | Applications Are Due NO LATER THAN January 15, 2020
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    Supported by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, with funding from Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Substance Abuse Block Grant, Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx, #SP022087).

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