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2023 Ohio Prevention Conference

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Columbus, Ohio

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Virtual Training Summits

Join us once a month in April, May, and June for free webinar summits as part of the 2023 Ohio Prevention Conference. Sessions are free to all. Attendees of live sessions will be eligible to receive continuing education hours for social workers, counselors, prevention specialists, and chemical dependency counselors.

April Virtual Summit – Alcohol Policy and CLAS Standards for Prevention


Wednesday, April 26, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. via CarmenZoom
Up to 6.5 CE credit hours available (pending)

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The Why and What of Alcohol Policy: An Evidence-Based Community Approach to Reduce Community Harms

We are pleased to present a 2-part series focused on alcohol policies.

Part 1: The Why

The Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice will share the benefits of working on evidence-based, population-level strategies to make the largest impact on community-level harms associated with alcohol. Presenters will discuss the science that guides effective strategies and how the science relates to communities working on alcohol-related issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the data associated with harms from excessive drinking and underage drinking in the US
  • Describe how local conditions affect alcohol-related harms at the community level
  • Recognize the power of evidence-based, population-level strategies to address the community harms associated with excessive and underage drinking

Part 2: The What

The Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice will detail the alcohol policy strategies that can be effective in reducing excessive and underage drinking and their associated community-level harms. This webinar will cover a range of strategies and their levels of effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how alcohol policy strategies can address excessive and underage drinking at the community level
  • Analyze which alcohol policy strategies are being used in communities across the country
  • Evaluate how these policy strategies complement the prevention work already happening in local communities

About the Presenters:

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Elizabeth Parsons

Associate Director, at the Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice, Liz Parsons has worked in the youth and community health field for 20 years, specializing in youth substance use prevention for the last 14 years. She has led local youth substance use   prevention initiatives in several communities in Massachusetts and was a leader in the public health response to Massachusetts’ review of alcohol laws. Liz has presented about local and state alcohol policy implementation at local and national forums. She   especially enjoys supporting public health professionals in their efforts to increase awareness and knowledge about impactful alcohol policies and connecting alcohol policy research with practitioner efforts in communities. Liz has a Master of Education from the University of Bristol, UK. ​

Sara Cooley Broschart

Sara Cooley Broschart leads the newly established Center for Advancing Alcohol Science to Practice. Sara is a public health leader with over a decade of experience in substance use prevention at local, regional and state levels. Contribution to community has been a driving value, and she is thrilled to work with communities nationwide in her new role. Her experience includes advising alcohol and marijuana regulators on policy and best practices, developing innovative methods to engage community voices in policy making activities, building a statewide alcohol policy alliance from the ground up, and establishing a health network in rural Nicaragua. Sara has done extensive graduate work in Cultural Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Michigan and holds a BA in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

Lunch & Learn: "Talk. They Hear You." Underage Drinking Campaign Panel

The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and other substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address these issues with their children early and often. Our panel will discuss their successes, challenges, and lessons learned with their campaigns in Ohio.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least 3 current and emerging communication tools that were used to deploy the Talk. They hear you. campaign in rural communities
  • Identify at least 3 ways to evaluate a communications campaign

About the Presenters:

Jen Morel, MPH, CHES (she/her) - Moderator

As Managing Director, Jen Morel works to develop infrastructure and manage daily operations for the Ohio Center of Excellence (COE) for Behavioral Health Prevention and Promotion. Jen’s prior experience working in local public health departments and government includes grant management, program development, community health improvement planning, organizational quality improvement, and holding multiple leadership roles during the COVID-19 response. Jen earned a BS in Community Health Education (University of Toledo) and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion (The Ohio State University). Additionally, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an active member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) where she has served on the Board of Directors for Ohio SOPHE since 2006.

Carey McKee, OCPS

DFC Project Coordinator, Clark County Partners in Prevention

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Shannon Dalton is the Community Programming Coordinator for the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board. In her role she works with Gallia County HOPE Coalition, Jackson County SPARC, Meigs Prevention Coalition and the GJM Suicide Prevention Collaborative. She serves on the Southeast Ohio Postvention Advisory Committee, Lifeside Ohio Advisory Committee, and Appalachian Ohio Suicide Prevention Alliance. She is passionate about the military and Appalachian culture and finding solutions to reduce mental health stigma, recovery, substance misuse and suicide prevention through awareness and education.

What’s CLAS Got to Do With Prevention?

Ohio is set to take the lead in introducing innovative training to promote Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in the prevention field. This training session is unique in its approach, as it provides participants with an overview of CLAS standards and contextualizes its significance in prevention efforts.

The training session will begin with an introduction to the rationale and need for CLAS standards in the prevention field. It will provide a contextual perspective for participants to understand its importance in the field. A historical analysis of CLAS standards will follow, enabling participants to understand how they came into existence and how they can be used to make sense of current events. To help participants comprehend the concepts more accurately, the training will also provide examples of terms and definitions used with a CLAS standards lens. Additionally, the session will focus on the "why" of CLAS standards and their potential impact on prevention efforts.

The training session is intended to set the stage for a 2-day summit and collaborative sessions, where participants can delve deeper into the topic and learn how to effectively incorporate cultural and linguistic responsiveness into their agency's efforts. The summit and collaborative sessions will integrate the NIATx Change Leader Academy, which will help participants take action and affect measurable change in prevention efforts for their agency and the state of Ohio.

Ohio's proactive approach to promoting CLAS standards in the prevention field is a testament to its commitment to innovation and improving the well-being of Ohioans. By taking the lead in introducing this training combination, Ohio is setting an example for other states to follow, ensuring that cultural and linguistic responsiveness is at the forefront of its prevention efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Contextual perspective: Describe the rationale and need for CLAS standards
  • Historical analysis: Discuss how CLAS standards came into existence
  • Definition of terms: Discover terms and definitions used within the CLAS standards
  • Explain the "why" of CLAS Standards and their impact on prevention

About the Presenters:

Fran Gerbig, MPH, OCPC, ICPS (she/her)

Fran Gerbig (she/her) joined Prevention Action Alliance as assistant executive director in 2017 after enjoying a long-standing relationship with our agency, which included serving on committees and participating in our learning collaborative. In July 2020, the Board of Directors appointed her executive director. At Prevention Action Alliance, Fran supervises staff, assists in program and grant development, and represents our agency on various state and local committees, boards, and coalitions. She is an active member of ADAPAO, and the Ohio Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Steering Committee, as well as a member of the Coalition for Healthy Communities and the Ohio Prevention Advocacy Network. Additionally, Fran serves on RecoveryOhio’s Head Start Workgroup, the Governor’s School Safety Working Group, and the OhioMHAS Prevention and Wellness Roundtable and Youth-Led Prevention Leadership team. Previously, Fran worked as the health and wellness manager for Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery in Canton, where she coordinated Drug-Free Stark County, a Drug-Free Communities-funded substance misuse prevention coalition. Fran is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and earned a bachelor’s degree in child and family ecology from the University of Akron and a Master of Public Health degree in health planning and administration from the University of Tennessee. Fran enjoys gardening, attending live concerts, spending time with family and traveling throughout the United States.

Alfredo Cerrato

Alfredo Cerrato is the Senior Cultural and Workforce Development Officer for the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently manages Intensive Technical Assistance (ITA) projects for addiction, mental health, and prevention at the Great Lakes Technology Transfer Centers funded by SAMHSA and The HEAL Initiative funded by NIH. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Trainer of Trainers (ToT) of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards and other culturally related topics. As a senior consultant for the NIATx Foundation, Mr. Cerrato specializes in the relationship between the National CLAS Standards and Process Improvement, focusing on organizational change, cultural communications, worldview dynamics, and conflict resolution. As CEO of various NGOs in former roles, Mr. Cerrato has 25 years of international relations experience. He has conducted advocacy, policy, and disaster relief work in collaboration with multiple governments across the globe.

May Virtual Summit - Mental Health & Early Intervention


Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. via CarmenZoom
Up to 6.5 CE credit hours available (pending)

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Screen for Success

About the Presenter:

Robert Vincent, MSEd (he/him)

Associate Administrator for Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Policy
ICCPUD Staff Chair
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Early Intervention & the ABRE Platform

About the Presenters:

Dawna-Cricket-Martita Meehan, PhD

Executive Director, Ohio School-Based Center of Excellence for Prevention & Early Intervention
Director, Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs
Associate Director, Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated
Miami University, Department of Psychology

Debora Robison

Director of Outreach and Collaboration
Ohio's School-Based Center of Excellence for Prevention & Early Intervention
Miami University

Lunch & Learn: Being More Intentional About Our Mental Health

About the Presenter:

Israa Nasir, MHC (she/her)

Founder, Well.Guide
Therapist. Educator. Writer.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

About the Presenter:

Trystan Ball, MPA, LSW, OCPC (she/her)

Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Services, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services

Mental Health Implications of Current Events for Kids and Teens: How the Pandemic, Insidious Internet Influences, School Shootings & Other Stressors Impact Our Youth

About the Presenter:

Julie Schatz-Stevens, PhD, LP, LPC

Professor of Psychology & Counselor Education, Aquinas College

June Virtual Summit- Current Trends and Underserved Populations


Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. via CarmenZoom
Up to 6.5 CE credit hours available (pending)

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Promoting Whole Person Wellness in Older Adulthood: Challenges & Opportunities

For older adults, wellness is multifaceted and rooted in healthy views about the aging process. However, societal ageism and narrow depictions of wellness that focus only on physical health interfere with the pursuit of holistic wellness as people age. In this thought-provoking presentation, participants will examine the role
of ageism and other barriers to wellness and explore an eight-dimensional framework for whole person wellness that has been applied with older adults across the country.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the relationship between ageism and older adults’ pursuit of wellness
  • Analyze an eight-dimensional framework for wellness in older adulthood

About the Presenter:

Matthew Fullen, PhD, MDiv, LPCC

Dr. Matthew Fullen is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech where he teaches in the counselor education program. Dr. Fullen's research, teaching, and advocacy focus on the mental health needs of older adults, with an emphasis on addressing gaps in Medicare mental health policy and developing programs to enhance resilience & wellness and prevent suicide among older adults. Dr. Fullen is the counseling profession’s most active scholar on aging and mental health, with 34 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 peer-reviewed conference presentations. Dr. Fullen has received research grant funding from both public and private entities, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as well as The Mather Institute, to develop programs that support older adults’ mental health. In recognition of his research and professional leadership related to Medicare advocacy, he has received the Virginia Tech Land Grant Scholar Award, as well as three national awards from the American Counseling Association (Counselor Educator Advocacy Award (2023), top Research Award (2021), and Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award (2020)).

Lunch & Learn: Gambling and Problem Gambling: Time to Get Set

In January, 2023 Ohio launched the largest expansion of gambling in state history, which was also the largest introduction of sports betting in the nation. This session will provide an overview of gambling availability in Ohio now. Attendees will also be provided with an overview of data regarding gambling and gambling prevalence and provide a forum to discuss the correlation between gambling and substance use and mental health issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Ohio
  • Understand Identify which populations are most at-risk for developing gambling problems
  • Recognize what the new frontier of gambling will look like, and the local impact that will result

About the Presenter:

Derek Longmeier, MBA, OCPC, ICPS

Derek Longmeier, MBA, OCPC, ICPS joined Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) as Executive Director in 2016 after serving for many years on the Board of Directors. With over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Derek is a passionate voice for problem gambling support and prevention services in Ohio. In addition to his work with PGNO, Derek is very involved with gambling support services at the state and national level. With the National Council on Problem Gambling, he serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors, serves as the Ohio representative for the NCPG Affiliates, and is a member of the NCPG membership committee. Derek serves as co-chair of the Infrastructure & Policy and Strategic Planning Committees for the Problem Gambling Advisory Board, and is a member of Problem Gambling Network of Ohio and the Ohio Prevention Professionals Association.

Suicide in the African American Community

About the Presenter:

Kamesha Spates, PhD (she/her)

William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair
Department of Africana Studies
Secondary Appointment, Department of Sociology
University of Pittsburgh


The Ohio Prevention Conference is generously sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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