Gear Up for the APNC Spring Conference
Registration is underway for Addiction Professionals of North Carolina’s virtual 2021 conference set for April 20–23. The agenda is packed with more than 80 speakers, including several friends of the Southeast PTTC. Dr. Wanda Boone, whose prevention career spans 30 years, will discuss integrating trauma-informed care approaches in prevention. Certified Prevention Specialist Scott M. Gagnon will discuss the evolution of cannabis policy and where prevention fits in. Cerise Hunt will speak about strategies for advancing health equity in organizations. Cassandra Tourre will discuss enforcement and policy changes due to direct-to-consumer alcohol sales during the pandemic.
In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the purpose and development of the Southeast Technology Transfer Centers during a panel discussion that includes Carlton Hall, whose consulting team provides executive training and technical assistance to the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center.
You won’t want to miss this important event in the prevention field. Register now to save your spot!
When a Pandemic Meets an Epidemic
Health officials warn that people with substance misuse disorders are particularly vulnerable to developing severe symptoms with a COVID-19 infection, especially those addicted to opioids and methamphetamine. Those who vape nicotine or marijuana also face higher risks with the illness. Two of the nation’s foremost experts on COVID-19 and drug addiction will speak at a webinar on March 23 to address the intersection of these two crises.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will address the impact of the pandemic on people with substance misuse disorders and the unique challenges faced by people in recovery. 
Happenings in the Southeast
We Want to Hear from You! 
The Southeast Technology Transfer Centers are conducting a short online survey to learn more about the procedures, policies, and strategies that have been implemented by provider groups during the pandemic. Your input will help us learn more about what was and is being done to support the well-being of Southeast providers during the pandemic. The survey is anonymous and voluntary.
Promoting Behavioral Health Equity for African Americans
A new avenue for training and information is now available to help professionals and communities address health disparities and support the equity, effectiveness, and appropriateness of behavioral health services for African Americans. The new African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a project of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, one of only four medical schools among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The center was established in October by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Principal Investigator Dawn Tyus says the center’s charge is to create and provide training, written resources, and technical assistance to service providers in behavioral health and allied fields. The job of the AABH-COE will not only be to name and understand health disparities and their effects, she says, but it will also require a deep appreciation for the field, a firm grounding in the science, openness to innovation, and support for the transformation of behavioral health systems, organizations, practices, and practitioners.
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