OBH Front Range Regional Training-Denver, CO

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Lowry Conference Center

1061 Akron Way

Denver, CO 80230

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Each OBH funded entity is required to send at least 2 staff to one of the Full day trainings offered.

The training is set up with a different morning session topic by regions, which we have defined as Rural, Resort, and Front Range. The afternoon session for all trainings (Rural, Resort, and Front Range)are the same topic related to CLAS Standardsand how to incorporate them into your everyday work. Since the morning sessions are different topics, you may choose to attend multiple morning sessions of your choice based on your interest in the topics offered. However, you are required to participate in one afternoon session - CLAS Standards, which is then a full day training.

Each OBH funded entity will be responsible for all travel costs, which should be in your budget.

The training objectives of the OBH Front Range Regional Training include:

  • Increase knowledge and skills related to regional substance abuse prevention needs

  • Create opportunities to expand regional and statewide substance abuse prevention networks

Agenda Outline:

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee Networking

9:00-9:30 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Announcements

9:30-12:00 p.m. Morning Session Training Topic and Application Activity

12:00-1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch (Lunch will only be provided to those attending the Full-day training)

1:00-3:15 p.m. CLAS Standards Training- (All OBH grantees are required to attend one of the afternoon sessions on CLAS standards; The CLAS standards afternoon session will be repeated at each regional training.)

3:15-4:00 p.m. OBH updates, Evaluation & Closing Remarks

Morning Session Topic: Prescription Drug Abuse in Colorado: Scope and Impact of the Problem -Robert J. Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP

Deaths from drug overdoses continue to increase across the state of Colorado. In this session, participants will learn more about the scope and impact of the problem, including tools and strategies for collaboration in prescription drug abuse prevention at the national, state and local level. The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention will be introducing a Toolkit for use in communities statewide.

Speaker Bio for Morning Session:

Robert J. Valuck is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health, and Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Dr. Valuck is Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, created by Governor Hickenlooper to address the prescription drug abuse problem with a collaborative, statewide approach. The Consortium has evolved over the past four years to include nine work groups, with over 400 members across the state, focusing on key areas relating to education, prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. The Consortium has gained recognition as a model for the development of collaborative, coordinated responses to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States.

Afternoon Session Topic: The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) aim to improve health care quality and advance health equity by establishing a framework for organizations to serve the nation's increasingly diverse communities.

(All OBH grantees are required to attend one of the afternoon sessions on CLAS standards; The CLAS standards afternoon session will be repeated at each regional training. Lunch will only be provided to those attending the full-day training.)

Speaker Bio for Afternoon Session:

Dr. Iris Smith, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, Research Associate Professor, Professor Emeritus, Behavioral Sciences/Health Ed., Faculty, Executive MPH

Iris Smith holds a doctorate in Community Psychology from Georgia State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where she has taught graduate courses in Program Evaluation, Substance Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, and Mental Health Capstone course. In addition to teaching Dr. Smith serves as the Coordinator for the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Southeast Resource Team. In this role, she supervises a team of training and technical assistance specialists, content experts and consultants who provide training and technical assistance to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) state grantees in the 12 states and U.S. territories that comprise the CAPT Southeast Service Area. Prior to coming to Emory, she was the Director of National Evaluation Services for the American Cancer Society, and has also served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. From 1979- 1992, Iris was Principal and Co-Investigator on a number of studies on prenatal drug exposure and intervention for substance abusing women and their children at Emory University’s School of Medicine. Her accomplishments include design, implementation and evaluation of outreach, intervention and treatment programs for substance abusing women and their children. She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and has served on advisory boards for the Atlanta Association for Developmental Disabilities, Dekalb County Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors, Georgia NOFAS and the Marcus Institute. Dr. Smith’s expertise includes substance abuse prevention and treatment, juvenile justice and program evaluation.

For more information, contact Julie Thompson at or 1-800-279- 2070 x193

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1061 Akron Way

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