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Sixth annual Penn State Addiction Symposium

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Via Zoom webinar
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The sixth annual Penn State Addiction Symposium will highlight substance use research, treatment, education and community engagement from all Penn State campuses.

The role of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation and how it can better serve the clinicians, researchers and community affiliates of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and beyond will also be discussed.

Credit

  • Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, maintains responsibility for this program and its content and designates 1 credit for each keynote address. Full attendance at the sessions and evaluation of each individual session attended is required to receive CE credit for psychologists. Partial credit will not be awarded. Late arrivals or early departures will preclude awarding of CE credits.

Keynote Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the unique risk conferred by the environment for women who use opioids and other drugs and sell sex
  • Explain the role of the police with overdose and HIV/STI outcomes
  • Assess the benefit of the SPARC Center, a full service drop in center for female sex workers

Sponsors

The symposium is sponsored by Penn State Addiction Center for Translation, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research at Penn State Harrisburg.

 

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The Addiction Symposium will take place via Zoom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 2020.

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The symposium will feature keynote speaker Susan Sherman, PhD, professor of health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sherman will present “The Invisible Impact of Gender: Overdose and HIV Risk Environment of Street-based Female Sex Workers.”

Dr. Sherman will discuss the unique risk conferred by the environment for women who use drugs and sell sex. Specifically, she will examine the role of the police on overdose and HIV/STI outcomes, as well as describe a full-service drop-in Center, the SPARC Center. She will detail SPARC services during the time of COVID-19.

Additional speakers and activities will be added to this page as they are available.

Keynote Speaker: Susan Sherman, PhD Expand answer

Susan Sherman, PhD

Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. Susan Sherman will present the keynote, “The Invisible Impact of Gender: Overdose and HIV Risk Environment of Street-based Female Sex Workers.”

Dr. Susan Sherman’s research and publications focus on the social determinants of health and structural interventions among people who use drugs and female sex workers. Her work examining the validity, acceptability and implementation of several fentanyl testing technologies led to the decriminalization of drug checking in several jurisdictions in the United States.

Dr. Sherman is leading the evaluation of a community-level intervention targeting street-based, drug-using, female sex workers. The intervention consists of a full-service drop-in center (SPARC Center) and extensive peer outreach. Dr. Sherman serves on several state and national advisory committees and testifies regularly at state and local government hearings, using evidence to support humane drug policy.

She is a newly endowed Bloomberg Professor of the American Health in Addiction and Overdose.

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With questions or for details regarding the Addiction Symposium, email coordinator Sarah Ballard at PSACT@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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