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2020 Keynote Speaker

Addressing the Roots of Trauma to Achieve Equity

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, SCD

Across the US addiction is a growing public health crisis. In order to best address addiction we need to understand the social determinants. Childhood trauma is an often under-addressed contributor to addiction. Adverse childhood experiences are influenced by social adversities, such as structural racism. This talk will provide a discussion of the structural competences that can help address the root causes of addiction.

Participants will be able to: (1) Establish the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and addiction in adolescence and adulthood. (2) Describe the root causes of childhood adversities, which include adverse social environments, structural inequities such as racism. (3) Describe the health impact of racism and childhood adversity as social determinants of health over the lifecourse (4) Describe several “structural competencies” for providers and community-based organizations to best address addiction and distinguish them from cultural-competency. (5) Describe systems-wide practice changes, including trauma-informed care approaches, to address health inequities for those who experience addiction

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, a pediatrician and social epidemiologist, is an associate professor at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She is the founding director of the Vital Village Network. Vital Village uses a trauma-informed lens to improve community capacity to promote child wellbeing in Boston and support coalitions nationally through the NOW Forum. Her scholarship has focused on early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health.


Medically Assisted Treatment

Erin Alexandra Zerbo, MD, FASAM

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Description coming soon!

Participants will be able to:






How to Be EPIC: A Toolkit to Create a Youth Coalition

Melanie Reynoso, Patryk Klag, Bobby Kramer - EPIC Youth / Kaytie Maguire, EPIC Advisor / Kathi Viola, Garfield Prevention Coalition

EPIC (Empower Peers, Inspire Change) Youth Prevention Coalition

This course is presented by members of the youth prevention coalition, EPIC-Empower Peers, Inspire Change.  The workshop will give participants the toolkit to create a coalition of youth passionate about prevention of substance use among their peers.   Participants will learn everything from recruiting and engaging youth, conducting a needs assessment, creating a logic model and sample program activities and ideas.   All participants will receive a link to the toolkit for their own use.

Participants will be have the tools and knowledge to create a youth led coalition of Middle School and High School youth as a prevention coalition focused on reduction of harm and misuse around alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, marijuana and other drugs. Participants will gain knowledge on the CADCA 7 strategies for community change along with the SPF process, this will give participants the knowledge to conduct community needs assessments.


Continuing Education: Usually we apply for credits through the Certification Board and Social Work Credits. We are working hard to plan for our 2020 Conference so check back soon for more information. 

For more inforamtion contact Devlynn Ferguson at 201-740-7069 or

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