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Published on September 20th, 2017 | by Deb Wolf


National Prevention Network Conference

Vermonters shared information and substance abuse prevention strategies with participants from other states at the 30th National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference held this year in mid-September in Anaheim, California. The conference highlighted the latest scientific research in the prevention field, addressing alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and opiate dependence disorders. NPN provided a forum for prevention professionals, researchers, and federal partners to share best practices and promising evaluation results in order to integrate research into prevention practice. (Left to right: Ann Gilbert, Director of Central Vermont New Directions Coalition serving Washington County; Hilary Fannin, SAMHSA CSAP Prevention Fellow, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) Project Associate; Claudia Marieb, Vermont Department of Health Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant for White River Junction and Springfield; Melanie Sheehan, Regional Prevention Program Manager, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center; Jesse Brooks, Regional Prevention Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator United Way of Addison County; Sharon Koller, Coordinator Getting to ‘Y’ UP for Learning; Matthew Daley, Sergeant with the New Haven Vermont State Police; Amy Livingston, PIRE Associate Program Evaluator; and, missing: Bob Flewelling, PIRE Senior Research Scientist.

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