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The 2021 Virtual National Meeting will offer live content sessions, live education sessions, session recordings, hot topic forums, and networking opportunities.

Continuing Education Opportunities: An application for continuing education hours for CHES and MCHES will be submitted to NCHEC.

The 2021 Virtual National Meeting Agenda

*Schedule subject to change

Monday, August 2, 2021

11:00 – 12:15 p.m.

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Shawnté Elbert, PhD

Opening Remarks with Dr. Jim Lange and the HECAOD Staff

The Urgency of Now: Addressing Health Inequities and Disparities through Advocacy and Root Work.”

A Conversation with Dr. Shawnté Elbert


As practitioners amid a pandemic and social unrest, this is uncharted territory for many of us. With a dynamic shift focused on social justice, DEI, race-related stress, substance use, and prevention, practitioners must shift their Eurocentric methods along the paradigm of prevention to recovery as related to marginalized populations. Dr. Shawnté Elbert, Associate Vice President of Health and Well-being at The Ohio State University, will explore the definitions of health equity and health disparity, address health inequities and health disparities and the impact of racial trauma, and will discuss how to build connections across the continuum to ensure equity-based interventions and healing.

Dr. Elbert’s keynote will be pre-recorded and available to view beginning the week of July 26. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Elbert to discuss her keynote and how professionals can take action.


Learning Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of health disparities and health equity and the context in which they exist
  • Develop an understanding of the role of addressing health disparities in college health and well-being
  • Explore ways to address health disparities and promote health equity through advocacy and cultures of care

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Neighborhood: Response to Opening Keynote

Discuss how lessons learned from Dr. Elbert’s session can be applied to practice with other professionals from your geographic region.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

“Collegiate Recovery and the Evolution of a Field”

Noel Vest, PhD, Dominiquie Clemmons-James, Jessica Miller, Jorgé Brú

Moderated by Ahmed Hosni, MSW

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Noel Vest, PhD
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Dominiquie Clemmons-James
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Jessica Miller
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Jorgé Brú
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Ahmed Hosni, MSW

Collegiate Recovery is an ever-evolving field that aims to meet the ever-evolving needs of students in or seeking recovery. In recent years, the field has endured the discomfort of adaptation and still has a way to go to truly meet the need of all students in or seeking recovery. Today’s panel will discuss how they’ve seen the field adapt and what direction they believe the field is going in now.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe examples of how the field has evolved to meet the needs of students in its history.
  • Identify areas of growth CRP’s and their professionals can focus on to continue meeting the needs of current and future students in or seeking recovery.
  • Explore innovative ways of serving diverse student populations.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Networking: Leveraging Your Education Background & Experience to Guide Your Work

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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Jennifer Cadigan, PhD

Morning Welcome

“Virtual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students: Recommendations and Lessons Learned”

Dr. Jennifer Cadigan, University of Washington

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS; Dimeff, Baer, Kivlahan, & Marlatt, 1999) is an evidence-based approach to reduce high-risk drinking and associated negative consequences. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many campuses have shifted to a virtual delivery of BASICS. This session will focus on: (1) our adaptation of BASICS for community college students on a virtual web-conferencing platform, (2) feasibility and acceptability of delivering virtual BASICS, and (3) implementation considerations and lessons learned from our work with community college students.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the adaption of virtual, web-conferencing BASICS
  • Describe challenges and solutions with virtual interventions
  • Provide implementation considerations for virtual BASICS

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Hot Topic Forum: Substance-Specific Issues

Engage in conversation with other professionals about a specific topic. Topics during this time include cannabis, fentanyl/opioids, and vaping.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

“Mounting a Comprehensive Prevention Strategy to Mitigate AOD-Related COVID-19 Transmission: Campus, Statewide, and National Perspectives”

Dr. Dolores Cimini, David Arnold, Katrin Wesner-Harts, Sally Linowski, Allison Smith

Moderated by Rich Lucey

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David Arnold
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Dr. Dolores Cimini
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Sally Linowski
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Rich Lucey
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Allison Smith
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Dr. Katrin-Wesner Harts

While campuses across the nation are faced with serious health and economic challenges associated with AOD-related COVID-19 transmission, no single theory, practice, or policy exists to mitigate the dire consequences of such disease spread. This interactive panel presentation will examine AOD-related Coronavirus transmission from campus, statewide, and national perspectives, and will highlight how prevention science and comprehensive public health-informed practices, policy efforts, and partnerships across AOD and allied health areas may inform our work as we enter a post-pandemic landscape.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the individual, interpersonal, and societal factors that place college students at risk for alcohol and drug misuse-related COVID-19 transmission
  • Identify evidence-based best practices in alcohol and drug misuse prevention, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS prevention that may be implemented or adapted to mitigate the health, academic, and economic consequences of AOD-related Coronavirus transmission
  • Identify how partnerships with statewide and national organizations may enhance campus momentum to address AOD-related COVID-19 transmission

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Neighborhood: Response to Afternoon Keynote

Discuss how lessons learned from our COVID-19 panel can be applied to practice with other professionals from similar institutions/organizations.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Hazing: A Problem Worth Solving

A Campus-Wide Issue Requiring a Campus-Wide Solution”

Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Dr. Linda Langford, Dr. Gentry McCready, and Susie Bruce

Moderated by Logan Davis

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Susie Bruce
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Dr. Walter Kimbrough
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Dr. Linda Langford
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Dr. Gentry McCreary

Viewing hazing as a problem is simple. The concerns and dangers related to and as a result of hazing are obvious, yet the problem continues to persist. Solution conversations around hazing cannot rely on simple ideas or singular thinking. They must be as complex as the problem itself and involve a wide range of disciplines. This conversation tasks our expert panelists with the responsibility of sharing their experience of working with hazing from legal, public health, research, data, and programmatic viewpoints. In addition to sharing their own experiences the panelists will respond to one another creating a conversation about how we can approach hazing prevention together.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the various ways states passing hazing legislation
  • List 3-4 key data points in regards to hazing
  • Describe how hazing prevention is a component of overall campus wellness
  • Relate their responsibility in hazing prevention with other staff members on their campus

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Neighborhood: Response to Morning Keynote

Discuss how lessons learned from our panel on hazing can be applied to practice with other professionals from institutions of a similar size.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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David Anderson, PhD
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Joan Masters

 “Context, Content, Collaboration, and Choices: Considerations for Aspirational and Impactful Strategies”

Dr. David Anderson

Conversation Moderated by Joan Masters

This conversational session with Dr. David Anderson will engage participants at multiple levels. First, a glimpse at select data from the 2021 College Alcohol Survey will offer new insights. Second, highlights from Dr. Anderson’s co-authored book on campus prevention efforts will help to anchor and guide participants. Third, perspectives from Dr. Anderson, based on his over 45 years with collegiate prevention efforts, will offer foundations and inspiration for needs-based, timely, and pragmatic campus approaches. With audience engagement, this session will provide both confidence and inspiration for excellence within prevention efforts, all with student success in mind.


Learning Objectives:

  • To become acquainted with key foundations for orchestrating comprehensive and grounded campus prevention efforts
  • To learn about recent data and resources helpful for planning and implementation
  • To gain inspiration and rejuvenation of dedication for prevention initiatives

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Networking

Engage in conversation with other professionals who are in a similar place in their career, as new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

11:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Morning Welcome

Better Together: Engaging Community Partners To Strengthen Campus Prevention Efforts

More details to be announced soon!

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Hot Topic Forum

Discuss current hot topics with other professionals that impact your work with students. Topics include changing legal environments of substances, supporting students in recovery, delivery service and takeout of alcohol, and relationships with campus/community law enforcement.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

“The Impact of COVID-19 on Collecting, Reporting, and Using Survey Data to Develop and Implement Programs to Prevent Drug Misuse Among College Students”

Dr. Peggy Glider, Dr. Mary Hoben, Dr. John Schulenberg, and Reonda Washington

Moderated by Rich Lucey

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Dr. Peggy Glider
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Dr. Mary Hoban
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Rich Lucey
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Dr. John Schulenberg
Reonda L. Washington
Reonda L. Washington

More than three decades of prevention sciences has long taught us that effective prevention programs must be comprehensive and follow a strategic planning process. The first step in that process is collecting, analyzing, and reporting on survey data focused on drug misuse and related behaviors. But what happens when survey administration is significantly interrupted, such as what happened for the better part of 2020 and continued throughout the spring of 2021? Prevention professionals are left to wonder if data they collected is reliable enough to develop and implement future programming efforts. This panel discussion focuses on what impact, if any, the COVID-19 pandemic had on national, statewide, and local data collection, reporting, and usefulness. The panelists will discuss challenges faced and overcome, as well as answer questions from the attendees.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current scope of drug use among college students in the United States
  • Identify the impact COVID-19 had on collecting and using data for prevention efforts
  • Learn about resources to help support prevention efforts on campus

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Special Interest Discussion: Applying Keynote to Practice

Dive deeper into a discussion on data with your peers and our panelists to share and learn about plans, challenges, and successes with collecting and utilizing data during this unique time.

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