Sixth Annual Penn State Addiction Symposium to be held Dec. 2 and 3

November 20, 2020

Penn State Addiction Center for Translation will hold its Sixth Annual Penn State Addiction Symposium virtually on Dec. 2 and 3. This year’s symposium will highlight substance use research, treatment, education and community engagement. Susan Sherman will present the keynote address, “The Invisible Impact of Gender: Overdose and HIV Risk Environment of Street-based Female Sex Workers.”

The role of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation and how it can best serve the clinicians, researchers and community affiliates of Penn State, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and beyond will also be discussed.

This two-day event begins from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a virtual networking event for Penn State faculty and staff featuring a presentation by Sherman, professor of health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins University. She will present "Innovative Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic: Harm Reduction Efforts in the time of COVID."

Click here to register online for the networking event.

The symposium will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. The symposium will feature poster sessions and a second talk by Sherman: ‘The Invisible Impact of Gender: Overdose and HIV Risk Environment of Street-based Female Sex Workers.’

Click here to register for the symposium.

Penn State Addiction Center for TranslationPenn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research at Penn State Harrisburg sponsors the symposium.

Continuing Medical Education credits information

Continuing Medical Education credits are available for Penn State attendees only.

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, maintains responsibility for this program and its content and designates 1 credit for each keynote address. Full attendance at the sessions and evaluation of each individual session attended is required to receive CE credit for psychologists. Partial credit will not be awarded. Late arrivals or early departures will preclude awarding of CE credits. 

Learning objectives of “Innovative Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic: Harm Reduction Efforts in the time of COVID”:

  • Describe the evidence in support of the harm reduction model
  • Explain the operation of syringe service programs, safe consumption sites, and drug checking
  • Discuss the scope of this programming across the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify examples of nimble programs that are shaped to meet the changing environment related to need and care

Learning objectives of “The Invisible Impact of Gender: Overdose and HIV Risk Environment of Street-based Female Sex Workers”:

  • Discuss the unique risk conferred by the environment for women who use opioids and other drugs and sell sex
  • Explain the role of the police with overdose and HIV/STI outcomes
  • Assess the benefit of the SPARC Center, a full-service drop-in center for female sex workers
Last Updated November 20, 2020