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Connecting Adolescent Health Professionals

Connection Sessions are day-long conferences focusing on one specific topic in adolescent health for an interdisciplinary audience of health care professionals.

2024 Connection Session

The 2024 Connection Session, Clearing the Haze: Navigating Vaping and Marijuana Use Among Youth, will take place Thursday, October 3, both online and in-person at Eastern Michigan University. Sessions will occur in a hybrid environment for the first half of the day (10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT) and in-person only for the second half (12:30–6 p.m. EDT).

Registration is now open and will close September 18. Onsite registration will not be available. For all the latest updates on speakers, topics, and ways you can get involved, sign up for our newsletter!

Registration Costs:

  • Regular Registration In-Person $85

  • Regular Registration Virtual $30

  • Student Registration In-Person $70

  • Student Registration Virtual $25

Schedule of Events: (subject to change)

Hybrid Morning Sessions:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Historical timeline of marijuana and vaping laws; Erin Bonar, Ph.D., University of Michigan Addiction Center
  • The effects of vaping and marijuana use on youth and brain development; Hilary Ann Marusak, Ph.D., Wayne State University  
  • Tensions of medical consequences of marijuana use and legal implications; Pat Wells, M.D., The Corner Health Center

In-Person Afternoon Sessions:

  • Cannabis use and trends among emerging adults, Meghan Martz, Ph.D., University of Michigan Addiction Center
  • Panel Discussion: Educational disparities and cannabis use among school-aged youth and alternatives to suspension; Shannon Novara, Washtenaw Intermediate School District; Janai Williams, Student Advocacy Center of Michigan; Nikolai Vitti, Ed.D., Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools 
  • SBIRT Training; Umeika Stephens, D.N.P., PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, Wayne State University 
  • Youth Panel Discussion; Corner Health Youth Council 
  • Role-play activity with youth participants and discussion 

Educational Planner:

  • Terrill Bravender, M.D., M.P.H.

Educational Co-Planners:

  • Cornelius Jamison, M.D., MSPH
  • Dana Thomas, M.P.H.
  • Marlanna Landeros, M.S.W.
  • Aubrey Huff
  • Lauren Vasquez, M.S., CHES
  • MavaMarie Cooper, M.P.H.
  • Tahrima Khanom, M.S.W.
  • Emily Rowland, R.N., M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
  • Elizabeth Kuzma, D.N.P., FNP-BC
  • Iman Saleem, M.P.H.
  • Scott Mooney

Activity Coordinators:

  • Riss Giammalva
  • Ashley Vines
Expected Results

After completing this activity, participants will be able to effectively engage with adolescents using culturally appropriate communication techniques and implement evidence-based strategies to reduce vaping and marijuana use and will be able to implement this knowledge into patient care.

Enhanced Historical Knowledge: Attendees will gain a well-rounded understanding of the history and evolution of marijuana and vaping laws, enabling them to place current legal and societal challenges in context.

Research Awareness: They will recognize and understand critical research findings regarding the impact of cannabis use on the developing brains of adolescents, equipping them with scientific evidence to inform their practices or policies.

Legal Insight: Participants will be able to discuss the legal considerations that affect clinical practice when dealing with young individuals who use cannabis, potentially improving their compliance with legal standards and reducing liability.

Strategy Development Skills: They will learn to outline harm reduction strategies that can be implemented to encourage positive behavioral changes in youth, which may increase the effectiveness of their interventions.

Practical Experience: Through practice sessions, attendees will enhance their behavioral intervention techniques aimed at reducing substance use, leading to an improved skill set for immediate application in their respective professional settings.

Registration Now Open

Vaping & Marijuana Use Among Youth
Clearing the Haze
Online & in-person at Eastern Michigan University

Save the date for our 2024 Connection Session, a day-long conference, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT, focusing on a single topic impacting youth. For all the latest updates on speakers, topics, and ways you can get involved, contact us.

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Who Should Attend Connection Sessions?

Connection Session professional development opportunities aim to connect health professionals to community resources and others in the field.

The target audience for Connection Sessions is:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Health Center Managers
  • Other Health Care Professionals
  • House Officers
  • Medical Students
  • Administrators
  • Youth-Serving Community Professionals
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ACCME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.