Advisory Council

Sue Abderholden
Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Erwin Concepcion
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (MHSATS) Clinical Services Director, Minnesota Department of Human Service – MN DHS

Troy Davidson
Officer in Charge (OIC) MN National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (R3SP) and Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) program, Army National Guard

Cynthia Fashaw
Director of Multicultural Outreach and Children’s Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Minnesota (NAMI-MN)

Melanie Heu
Clinical Director, Pangea Care, Heuristics Counseling Services, LLC

Lorna Hunt-Ellison
Senior Social Worker/Senior Chemical Health Counselor – Clinical Review Team of Hennepin County, Hennepin County, Human Services & Public Health Department, Chemical Health Division

David Johnson
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Evaluation Studies, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Joe Merighi
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Bob Rohret
Administrative Manager, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

Jinny Palen
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)

Lynn Price
Behavioral Health Community Liaison, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

December 13 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Current Health Perspectives on the Legalization of Cannabis

The debate continues over medical marijuana and broadly legalizing its use among adults.  There are several public health questions about the potential medicinal benefits and health harms associated with legalization.  Attendees will learn about current research on cannabis, including issues pertaining to risk for mental illness and impact of the drug on brain development.  The presenter will also address several specific arguments in the cannabis legalization debate. Learn More

January 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Vaping and the Developing Brain: How big tobacco is capitalizing on adolescent brain development and what health professionals can do about it

Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP Friday, January 10,2020 Noon. – 1pm With 1 in 5 Minnesota high school students reporting e-cigarette use in the prior month, health care professionals caring for them must understand the short and long-term impact on the adolescent and young adult brain. This… Learn More