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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.

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Educational Planner:

  • Dr. Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH

Educational Co-Planners:

  • Dr. Cornelius Jamison, MD, MSPH
  • Dana Thomas, MPH
  • Marlanna Landeros, MSW
  • Aubrey Huff
  • Lauren Vasquez, MS, CHES
  • Mava Monahan Cooper, MPH
  • Tahrima Khanom, MSW
  • Emily Rowland, RN, MSc, PhD Candidate
  • Elizabeth Kuzma, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Iman Saleem, MPH
  • 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.

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 Opens July 8

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 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
Past Connection Sessions

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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 XX AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.