Marshall University team shares expertise on addiction education in DC

August 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — A team of Marshall University educators and leaders shared their expertise on addiction and recovery at the 2018 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s Addiction Educational Interprofessional Summit, “Enhancing Addiction Education Across the Health Professions,” in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and Friday.

The Marshall team included Amy Saunders, director of Student Health Education programs and chairwoman of Marshall’s Recovery Coalition; Dr. Marianna Footo-Linz, chairwoman of the psychology department; Lyn O’Connell, clinical coordinator of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); Dr. Penny Koontz, a faculty member in the psychology doctoral program; Dr. Brittany Riley, faculty in the School of Pharmacy; and Dr. Gretchen Pfost and Dr. Rania Karim, both faculty members in Marshall’s School of Physical Therapy.

The team led a panel session sharing their efforts to increase addiction and mental health education across all health profession fields at Marshall and in the community.

“We were excited for the opportunity to share our collaborative education effort to address the needs of individuals who are affected by substance use disorders,” Saunders said. “In 2015, we received an SAMHSA grant to teach health care professionals and community members how to screen, provide brief interventions and refer those in need of treatment services. We hope to use SBIRT to teach others how to provide brief interventions and engage individuals into treatment.

“We were also able to share the work that has evolved from the campus coalition, including multiple interdisciplinary research projects with partners around the state. The summit allowed us to develop new connections with other partners and institutions, and we hope to share our work and models in the near future.”

The Substance Use Recovery Coalition at Marshall is comprised of over 50 faculty and staff members who are working collaboratively to address the national crisis. The panel will share addiction education projects that have been implemented at the university, in the community and in professional organizations.

Establishing Marshall as a global leader in addiction studies is among President Jerome Gilbert’s goals for the university.

“Marshall is honored to be a part of a great team working to find solutions, working with the city, schools and prevention groups, recovery groups, treatment providers and hospitals, and state and federal partners,” Saunders said.

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