GLOBAL HEALTH CONFERENCE XIII
GLOBAL HEALTH CONFERENCE XIII
Addiction: A Global and National Health Crisis
January 13, 2024
UCF COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
University of Central Florida College of Medicine & MedPACt’s 13th Annual Student-Run Global Health Conference
Topics include: Clinical psychiatry, addiction treatment obstacles, alternative reward pathways, substance + alcohol addiction, at risk populations for addiction, tech addiction, policymaking, food addiction, forensics + addiction, clinical + addiction psychology, destigmatization of addiction, gene + environment interaction.
OUR 2024 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Ira Chasnoff
Pediatrician, President of NTI Upstream
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago
Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents. Dr. Chasnoff’s work encompasses community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care, the schools, and the other multiple systems that serve children and families. Dr. Chasnoff has served several U.S. presidential administrations on committees and commissions dedicated to organizing and coordinating services for children and families across the nation and developing policies and procedures for addressing the needs of children at risk from prenatal and postnatal trauma. He also has worked with a wide range of States across the nation and internationally in developing universal outreach and early intervention programs for children and families affected by trauma or substance abuse.
Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous research articles regarding the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of high-risk children, and his article on racial and social class bias in the health care system has been cited as a landmark study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Chasnoff has authored 15 books, which have received numerous awards and one of which has been recognized by The Hague International Court. Dr. Chasnoff’s books explore the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of high-risk children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom. His newest book, Guided Growth, has received international acclaim for its in-depth discussion of educational and behavioral interventions for children and teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and early trauma. Dr. Chasnoff has been a regular contributor to Psychology Today, writing about high-risk children and their families. The recipient of several awards for his work with women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in America’s Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services. Dr. Chasnoff has been active in establishing comprehensive family intervention programs for children in Australia, Denmark, Portugal, Canada, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and across the United States and has lectured on this topic around the world.
8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am – Keynote
10:10 am – Workshops and Poster Presentations
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Oral Presentations
2:10 pm – Workshops and Poster Presentations
3:40 pm – Discussion Panel
4:45 pm – Awards and Concluding Remarks
1. Deadline: December 8th, 2023 at 11:59PM.
2. Requirements are the same for both Oral & Poster Presentations: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion (300 word maximum)
3. Poster must be submitted as PDF
If Chosen to Present
Acceptances of both oral and poster presentations will be notified by email on a continuous basis leading up until the conference. Acceptances will be sent out starting on November 30th, 2023.
Dr. Verduin is the Associate Dean for Students and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine (UCF COM). She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency training and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. Her clinical work is based at UCF Health, where she provides consultative services on an outpatient basis; she previously worked with Orlando’s veteran population in a residential rehabilitation unit at the Orlando VAMC. In 2007, Dr. Verduin became the first psychiatry faculty member at UCF’s new medical school, where she played an integral role in developing the overarching undergraduate medical education curriculum, establishing policies and procedures, hiring faculty and staff, and securing LCME accreditation.
Currently, Dr. Verduin serves as the Associate Dean for Students, a position she has held for more than a decade. In this role, she has focused her attention on growing the Student Affairs Office into a robust unit that oversees the areas of Admissions, Student Academic Support, Student Financial Services, Student Records, Student Services, and Student Counseling and Wellness. Her work in developing a strong career advising program for medical students gained national recognition as the sole recipient of the 2015 AAMC Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Program Award.
In addition to her roles at UCF COM, Dr. Verduin serves as the National Chair for the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Student Affairs (GSA) and as First Vice President for the American College of Psychiatrists. She is a Past President of the Association of Academic Psychiatry, Past Chair of the Southern GSA, served as a member of the ACGME Addiction Psychiatry Milestones 2.0 Committee, and served as Vice Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Article-Based Continuing Certification Committee. Dr. Verduin is a co-editor of the popular Kaplan & Sadock series of psychiatry textbooks, which have been translated into multiple languages, and she routinely speaks on the topics of medical education and mental health in national and international venues.
Christopher Rossi is the Peer Recovery Specialist Supervisor at the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. As a person with over six years of recovery from drugs and alcohol, his passion for offering the hope of recovery to families comes from a lifetime of lived experience. Christopher is currently in his final semester at Florida Gulf Coast University for a bachelor’s in social work, awaiting acceptance into FGCU’s advanced standing master’s degree program in social work. During his time at the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, Christopher has gone from designing what Peer Recovery in the child welfare arena looks like, taking all referrals and meeting all parents, to supervising a team of eight Peer Specialists who offer hope to families in SWFL struggling with addiction.
In 2023, Christopher was a member of a committee which organized and operationalized a statewide conference for young sober people, hosting 1100 individuals over a three-day span of marathon recovery meetings, dances, speakers, and more. Earlier that week, Christopher was awarded “Innovator of the Year” at the Florida Coalition of Children’s annual conference for making the Children’s Network of SWFL the first child welfare case management organization that gives all parents in their care Narcan to reverse opiate overdoses, free of cost. One day, Christopher hopes to enact legislative change in the hiring of individuals with lived experience of addiction, making it easier to achieve gainful employment in their recovery.
Ashley Neal is the Director of External Affairs at Riverside Recovery of Tampa, a Florida native and a
person in long term recovery. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and two decades of
experience in the non-profit and private sector, she has a keen awareness of the community, a strong set
of personal & professional ethics and knows how to get things done. Ashley has lived and worked in the
Greater Tampa Bay Area her entire life and is a fierce advocate for addiction recovery, public policy and
meaningful community involvement.
In her current role, Ashley works to support the overall organizational growth of Riverside Recovery by
fostering positive relationships, both internally and externally and by developing and maintaining high-
level relationships within the public and private sector. In addition to this full-time role, Ashley
volunteers her time serving as a Chamber Ambassador with the Tampa Bay Chamber, she is the State
Lead for the Florida Alliance for State Advocacy (FASA), is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland and
is active in the local recovery community. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for
both the Hillsborough Recovery Coalition (HRC) and the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA).
Ashley lives in Lakeland, Florida with her husband Rob, daughter Caycie and 2 Boxers, Laurel & Nash. In
her spare time, Ashley co-hosts the Broken Minded Podcast w/ her long-time friend, Ally and is a child
advocate with Guardian Ad Litem. She also enjoys cooking, gardening and Crossfit.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD
Brief Overview: The great majority of children with prenatal substance exposure are misdiagnosed and are receiving inappropriate interventions and treatment. This session will analyze diagnostic errors in this population and discuss implications for treatment and intervention.
Mental Health Providers’ Perspectives on Global Opiate Addiction
Katherine Daly, PhD is Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at UCF College of Medicine where she also serves as the Director of Counseling & Wellness Services. She is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience. As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Daly’s research focuses on lifestyle medicine for medical student wellbeing, and increasing accessibility, reducing stigma, and engaging the community in dialogue and awareness about mental health and wellness (topics such as sleep, suicide prevention, anxiety and burnout).
Heather Rashal, LMHC is a licensed mental health clinician who has been working in the mental health field for the last decade with special training in mindfulness-based stress reduction, interpersonal relationships and codependence, and addictive tendencies. Her position as the staff psychotherapist for the past three years at UCF College of Medicine has provided her with insight into the mental health needs and experiences specific to medical students.
This presentation will address the antecedents and predisposing psychological factors that contribute to addiction. We will also address stigma and how to look at patients/clients with addiction through a humanistic and holistic lens. Lastly, we will discuss assessment, treatment, and resources for people with addiction.
Section I: Addiction statistics/ gen pop/ college students/ income levels (15 min)
Section II: Experiential activities to challenge the stigma of addiction (25 min)
Section III: Assessment/ treatment (15 min)
Section IV: Q&A (5 min)
Dr. Elena Cyrus, PhD
Elena Cyrus, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine. Her Ph.D. in epidemiology was conferred from Florida International University (FIU), and she completed fellowships in reproductive health, global health, and substance use and HIV prevention at the University of Michigan, Yale University, and FIU. As a NIDA K99/R00 recipient, Dr. Cyrus’s research focuses on the development and implementation of interventions for the prevention of substance use and HIV among vulnerable populations. Dr. Cyrus also leads the UCF Global Health Program’s work at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), where she mentors U.S. and Peruvian trainees on infectious disease epidemiology and research methods.
Brief Overview: This case study will explore complications at-risk vulnerable populations globally encounter that can prevent timely diagnosis and treatment to prevent sustained hazardous alcohol use and illicit drug use. At the end of the exercise, learners will be more acquainted with the definition of a hard-to-reach population, and systemic, social and individual factors contributing to SUDs. Potential solutions and options to manage including appropriate referral systems that are culturally sensitive will be discussed.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Barbara Andraka-Christou, PhD
Brief Overview: Workshop attendees will learn the following information: (1) medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) as a tool for improving life expectancy and quality of life among people with opioid addiction; (2) access problems to MOUD and the causes of these access problems; and (3) policy levers for improving access to MOUD.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD
Brief Overview: The perfect storm of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the current opioid epidemic and recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use is almost guaranteed to translate into increasing behavioral and learning difficulties for children in the classroom and in the home. However, it is within our capabilities to prevent these problems and enhance children’s long-term developmental trajectory through community-based and holistic strategies. This session will present four basic principles of ethical prevention and explore the role of health care leadership in supporting a comprehensive prevention and early intervention system of care that will promote child and family well-being.
Shana Harris, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Internal Medicine (Secondary Joint Appointment) at the University of Central Florida. Her research, which has been funded by organizations such the National Institutes of Health and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, focuses on drug use, “addiction,” and health politics and interventions, including harm reduction, medications for opioid use disorder, and drug policy reform, in Latin America and the United States. Her current work examines psychedelic-based drug treatment in Mexico, the concurrent use of opioids and stimulants in the United States, and the implementation of harm reduction programs in Florida.
Brief Overview: Harm reduction is a public health approach and social movement aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use without requiring abstinence. This workshop provides an overview of harm reduction principles and interventions, particularly as they relate to key health and social issues facing people who use drugs. Participants in this workshop will acquire basic tools and information to support people who use drugs in non-judgmental and non-coercive ways.
Workshop Facilitator: Erin Formanski
Brief Overview: An engaging and interactive low-intensity dance workshop on how Dance Movement Therapy is used in addiction treatment.
Dr. David Koo, MD
Dr. Koo is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is a family doctor currently working as a hospitalist at AdventHealth Waterman where he was awarded Medical Staff Physician of the Year in 2018 and 2021. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency where was awarded Didactic Teacher or the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. And before that he was in private practice in rural Ohio for 11 years where patients gave him lots of fresh eggs, vegetables, venison, and some occasional bear meat. For fun, he enjoys designing and 3D printing model rockets, playing Minecraft with his son, and trying out new restaurants with his wife.
Brief Overview: A workshop hosted by a local hospitalist on identifying evidence-based strategies that may be implemented to assist patients in successful smoking cessation.
Kelly L. Burns, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC-QS
Kelly is an artist, Board-Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Adler University, Chicago, IL. Kelly has established art therapy programs in a variety of settings, including nonprofit organizations, residential facilities for addiction and trauma, private practices, and inpatient and outpatient medical settings. She is a former president of the Florida Art Therapy Association, and now currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association. For 2022, Kelly was also appointed as a commissioner on the Public Arts Commission for the City of Mount Dora, FL. Kelly is currently the art therapist on the Creative Arts Therapy team at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. She started the art therapy program at Nemours in July 2022 and works with patients in the hematology, oncology, and inpatient rehabilitation units, as well as consults as for all other inpatient units. Kelly also supervises students and new professionals working towards their art therapy credential and LMHC in Florida. Prior to Nemours, Kelly was the art therapist at The Refuge, A Healing Place, in Ocklawaha, FL, a residential program treating adults with PTSD, eating disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders.
Brief Overview: During this presentation, background on art therapy, theoretical concepts, and how art therapy is specifically used with adults diagnosed with substance use disorder within group therapy will be covered. Participants will then be offered the opportunity to engage in an art therapy experiential facilitated by board certified art therapists. Art materials will be provided.
Directions: The conference will take place inside the UCF College of Medicine (COM), as shown on the map attached. The school’s address is 6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827. Please view the attached document for more detailed directions.
Parking: Please view the attached document for visitor parking information.
Attendees: Please park in the P3 lot in the green and blue spaces. If there are no available spots in the green and blue spaces, there is additional parking in the P1 lot. Facilitators/judges/panelists: There will be VIP parking for facilitators/judges/panelists in the P2 lot. These spots are shown by the red arrows on the parking document.
Please carpool if you are able to, as parking will be limited!