Dr. Rachel Levine

SUB Auditorium

Dr. Levine is currently the physician general for Pennsylvania and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. She is also the highest-ranking transgendered official to serve in Pennsylvania state government history. She has been a leading voice in efforts to support teens with medical and psychological concerns, as well as making the opioid/heroin epidemic a top health priority.

Session 1: Her Story

4:30 p.m. SUB Auditorium

From The Washington Post: Levine is the highest-ranking transgender official in Pennsylvania and one of only a handful serving in elected or appointed offices nationwide. For many Americans, the faces of the debate over transgender rights have belonged to celebrities — activist Caitlyn Jenner or actress Laverne Cox — rather than the lawmakers and state officials wrangling over the issue.

“I’m very grateful and I’m very honored to be one of those officials,” she said. “I take that responsibility very seriously.” 

Session 2:  The Drug Abuse Epidemic

5:30 p.m. SUB Auditorium

Levine will address recent trends and concerns that  adolescents, teens, and college students face related to substance abuse. Topics include Pennsylvania’s prescription drug abuse problem, medical marijuana, heroin, and opioid crisis.

From the Erie Evening Sun:

"I reject the idea that it's not worth doing, that these are 'addicts' and they're just going to do it again; why bother," Levine said. "These are our kids, our loved ones and our brothers and sisters. One in four families in the country is affected by opioids, heroin and prescription drugs. Everyone deserves the chance for recovery."