Agenda at a glance

Saturday, October 19

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration/CE Desk
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Welcome to the 21st Anniversary Summit


Jean Breny, PhD, MPH, SOPHE President, Southern Connecticut State University

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Opioids Across the Lifespan

 Navigating the SHIP: Using Advocacy in an After School Program to Prevent Drug Misuse and Addiction

Holly T. Moses, PhD, CHES, FESG, University of Florida

Addressing College Opioid Use and Addiction on College Campuses: A Call to Advocacy

Amy Thompson, PhD, CHES, University of Toledo

Opioid Use in Frail Elders and Individuals with Physical and Developmental Disabilities: One Managed Care Organization’s Journey to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in the State of Wisconsin

Jodee Fitzgerald, DHEd, MCHES, CPHQ, Inclusa Inc; Carla Lundeen, RN, BSN, CMQ/OE, Inclusa Inc; Staci Maves, RN, BSN,Inclusa Inc; Cassie Houlihan, CSW, Inclusa Inc

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Framework for Advocacy: Exploring the Structure and System of Public Health Law

Brianne Bostian Yassine, MPH, CHES, Cherokee Nation Assurance in the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC, Montrece Ransom JD, MPH, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development, CDC

3:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Break
3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Opioid Addiction, Misuse, Prevention, Treatment and Advocacy Track Panel

 Building the Capacity of Syringe Service Program (SSP) Stakeholders

Moya Brown-Lopez, MS, MPH, MCHES, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 Linkage to Care for Hepatitis C in Persons Who Inject Drugs

Deborah Flaugher, RN, BSN, St. Louis University Hospital Emergency Department

 Words (and Actions) Matter: Improving Public Health Educator Language and Advocacy Efforts for People Who Use Drugs

Troy Weeldreyer, BS, New Mexico State University

Teaching Track

Creating a Course Devoted to Advocacy: What Student’s Need, What Faculty Need

Adele Robinson, J.D., University of Maryland College Park

 Skill-Building Track

Building Coalition Capacity for an Advocacy Initiative

Carol Cox, PhD, MEd, MCHES, Truman State University, Jelynn Tiberi-Ramos, Truman State University, Haley Bylina, Truman State University, Shelby Duessel, Truman State University

3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. 

Opioid Addiction, Misuse, Prevention, Treatment and Advocacy Track

Sport Smart Coaches Training Curriculum: Training Coaches on Opioid Prevention and Empowerment for Youth

Deborah Flaugher, RN, BSN, St. Louis University Hospital Emergency Department

 Teaching Track

Educating the Public Health Workforce: Building Capacity in Public Health Law and Policy

Montrece Ransom, JD, MPH, Training and Workforce Development, CDC
Brianne Yassine, MPH, CHES, Cherokee Nation Assurance, CDC
Alexis Etow, ChangeLab Solutions

Skill-Building Track

Collaborate Smarter not Harder: Understanding the Political Landscape to Further Your Advocacy Efforts

Linsey Grove, DrPH, CPH, CHES
Julia Sharp, BS

4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Using Local and National Data to Effectively Advocate for Opioid Prevention and Treatment

Amy Thompson, PhD, MSEd, CHES, University of Toledo, Linda Lewandowski, PhD, RN, MS, FAAN, University of Toledo

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Reconvene: Prepare for Day 2

Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA, SOPHE Chief Policy and Programs Officer

Sunday, October 20

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


Applying Health Education Specialist Competencies to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Why Certification Matters on the Ground

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES, University of Indianapolis, Alexis Blavos, PhD, MCHES, SUNY Cortland, Jodi Brookins-Fisher PhD, MCHES, Central Michigan University, Amy Thompson, PhD, CHES, University of Toledo

9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Welcome: Overview of Day 2: Cicily Hampton, PhD, MPA, SOPHE Chief Policy and Programs Officer
9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.


Using Media and Mental Health Education to Combat our Addiction Crisis

Aaron Harvey, BS, Cofounder, Made of Millions Foundation

10:25 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 

Opioid Addiction, Misuse, Prevention, Treatment and Advocacy Track

The Domino Effect in Advocating for Health

Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD, MPH, MCHES, George Mason University, Courtney Gonzalez, BS, CHES, George Washington University

Teaching Track

Building Advocacy Champions in the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Training Program

Andrea Salis, PhD, CHES, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, Lori Conkling, MA, Queensborough Community College, University of New York

Skill-Building Track

Photovoice: How an Arts-Based Public Health Approach Fosters Advocacy, Empowerment, and Policy Change

Tommy Claire, MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst

11:20 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Break
11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.


Kayla Grammar, Addiction Counselor and Recovery Coach

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Sit with State Delegations
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Effective Hill Visits
2:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Hill Visit Planning
4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reconvene: Review Hill Visit Scheduling & Summit Evaluation

Monday, October 21

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Advocacy Kickoff
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hill Visits

*Agenda subject to change