Symposium on Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery in Appalachia


What: Symposium on Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery in Appalachia

When: October 4th, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Bluefield College, 3000 College Ave, Bluefield, VA 24605

About: A symposium to be held on the Bluefield College campus in Bluefield, VA on Thursday, October 4 from 8am-5pm will feature regional substance abuse prevention and recovery specialists providing presentations, training opportunities and workshops of interest to the general public; professionals in human services, law enforcement, education, health care, mental health; and faith group leaders.

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

Please see symposium schedule below.

7:45 am – 8:00 am

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome – Dr. David Olive, President of Bluefield College

            Tracks 1 and 2– Full Day Workshops
8:15 am – 12:15 pm Mental Health First Aid – Youth – Room     (Jessica Hutchens)

Mental Health First Aid – Adult – Room     (Kristie Haga)

12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker on HIDTA –Cafeteria  (Chad Napier)

Vendor Showcase – Shott A & B

1:00 pm – 5 pm Mental Health First Aid Youth – Room   (Jessica Hutchens)
  Mental Health First Aid Adults – Room  (Kristie Haga)
           General Track—Morning Presentations
8:30 am – 9:00 am  

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (videotape)


9:00 am – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:00 am

Regional Resources Overview: Linda Austin (ASAC), Sharon Kitts (SATIRA) and Sandra Tatum (Regional Warm Line)
Break, Vendor Showcase
10:00 am – 11:00 am Overview of the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia   Room (Dr. Carole Pratt)


11am – noon Energizing Appalachian Communities Using the Strategic Prevention Framework    Room      (Jamie Edwards)
12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Lt. Chad Napier with HIDTA)  Cafeteria

Vendor Showcase – Shott A & B

  General Track– Afternoon Workshops
1:15 pm – 2 pm Handle with Care for Law Enforcement   Room      (Chad Napier)
  Ministries to Inmates, Ex-offenders and Hikers (Linda Austin)
  ACEs and You       Room     (Darrell Harmon)
  Mountain Movers Faith-Based Coalition (Kevin Blankenship)
1:15-3pm Suicide Talk  Room    (Emily Ann Thompson)
2:00—2:15 Break

Vendor Showcase


2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Handle with Care for Childcare Providers/Teachers   Room   (Chad Napier)

Celebrate Recovery  Room       (T.W. Cash, Deana)

Drug Court  (Si’andra Blackwell)

Drug Monitoring Program  Room         (TBD)




 REVIVE!    Room       (Paige Lucas)

Registration is now open for the 2018 Head for the Hills CME Conference!

Catawba Rhododendron and sunset, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

  • What: Head for the Hills 2018
    • The conference is approved for 7.5 CME credits with the American Association of Family Physicians. This year focuses on Physician Wellbeing and SBIRT training in particular.
  • When: October 5-6
  • Where: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
  • Please click HERE to register

Please see the conference agenda below:

7:30 – 8:00 am BREAKFAST
8:00 – 8:55 am Strokes in the Primary Care Setting – Derek Harmon, DO, Ballad Health
9:00 – 9:55 am Mindfulness for Physician Wellness – Leah Cobb Snodgrass MD, LMU DCOM Chair and Associate Professor, Behavioral Health
10:00 – 10:15 am BREAK
10:15 – 10:40 am Tips for a better night sleep Dr. Lauren Burns PGY-3 and Chief Resident, Lonesome Pine Hospital
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Physician Wellness –Dael Waxman, MD, Vice Chair, Professional Development and Clinical Operations, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health
12:30 pm LUNCH
Enjoy the afternoon visiting the town or resting by the lake

Complimentary evening meal in the restaurant from GMEC menu

Marion Theatre program begins 7:30 free to HftH families (RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED)

7:30 – 8:00 am BREAKFAST
8:00 am SBIRT training Lyn Moore O’Connell, Ph.DIMFT
9:30 to 10:00 am Room check-out / Break
10:00 – 11:25 am SBIRT resumes
11:25 – 11:45 am Migratory Arthritis and Fever Dr. Elizabeth Dockery, PGY-3 and Chief Resident, Johnston Memorial Hospital
12:00 pm Box lunches available

A Tough Pill to Swallow: Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse

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  • What: A Tough Pill to Swallow: Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse
  • When: August 17, 2018, 7:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • Where: Millennium Centre, Johnson City, TN
  • About this conference: This one-day live activity will include discussion of prescribing practices and chronic pain guidelines, evidence for the efficacy of pain medications, applying SBIRT techniques, and various prevention and harm reduction programs.  Attendees will become more familiar with the use of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Database, medically assisted treatment, the use of naloxone, and the role of adverse childhood experiences on adult trauma and behavior.  This activity includes evidence-based didactic sessions as well as interactive breakout sessions in the afternoon.
  • Click HERE to register

Latched on to Maternal Health: Northeast Tennessee Regional Maternal Health Forum

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  • What: This one day conference will focus on available interventions for the prenatal and postpartum woman and maternal mental health. The conference includes larger group lectures and three separate breakout tracks in the afternoon, allowing providers the opportunity to learn valuable best practice recommendations from experts in the field and to choose which topics apply specifically to their practice in a smaller classroom setting.
  • When: Friday, August 3rd, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Where: Tennessee College of Applied Technology, 421 Highway 91 North, Elizabethton, TN 37643
  • Click HERE to view the agenda
  • Click HERE to register or call (423) 439 – 8027


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This event is quickly approaching, so be sure to register soon!

  • What: One Care of Southwest Virginia, Inc. is joining forces with the Virginia Department of Health to offer a free forum that will provide health care providers with knowledge and skills to apply in clinical practice regarding prescribing controlled substances.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
  • Where: SW Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24212

For more information and to register, please click HERE.