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Webinar: Patterns and Trends of Substance Use Within and Across the Regions of Florida
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Webinar: Patterns and Trends of Substance Use Within and Across the Regions of Florida

This webinar will introduce attendees to the definitional and operational dimensions of cultural competence and culturally competent prevention programming for racial and ethnic minorities.

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Xinguang “Jim” Chen, MD, PhD
Contact: Diane Perez
(850) 878-2196

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In this webinar, we will update the levels and trends of substance abuse from 2017 to 2018 in Florida, overall and by Managing Entity Regions. Data for this analysis were derived from the following sources: the 2006-2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, the 2017 Medical Examiners Report, the 2018 Bureau of Economic and Business Research (population estimates), the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

Significant findings of the update include: overall, the rates of substance abuse among adolescents in Florida in the past year remained lower than the national average. The rate of cigarette smoking was low and showed a declining trend, but the rates of use of e-cigarettes and marijuana showed an increasing trend. The rate of underage drinking in Florida, although below the national average, increased slowly with higher rates for females than for males.

National data indicate that among adults, the rates of alcohol use (current and binge drinking) and cigarette smoking in Florida were close to the national average, while adult marijuana use in Florida increased more rapidly than the national average in the past year.  Data from recent Medical Examiners Reports indicate that the high levels and increasing rate use of opioids (primarily heroin), fentanyl and analogs and morphine slowed down in the past year. Other important findings were increases in detecting and associated deaths with methamphetamine, cocaine, and benzodiazepines in the past year. 

Who should attend?

This webinar is designed for child welfare and family court staff and stakeholders working with parents in recovery, including clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, prevention agencies, community coalitions and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Presented by:

Xinguang (Jim) Chen is a Professor of Epidemiology. He received his MD in Preventive Medicine from Wuhan Medical College, China in 1982; MPH in Population Studies from the East-West Center/University of Hawaii, the United States in 1992; and PhD in Biostatistics/Epidemiology from University of Hawaii in 1993. Dr. Chen is an established behavioral epidemiologist. His research has primarily focused on the epidemiology of health risk behavior and behavioral prevention intervention for risk reduction.  Advanced statistical analysis, linear and nonlinear system modeling, transdisciplinary and international collaboration, and cross-cultural perspective characterize much of his research. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Chen spent approximately 6 years at the University of Southern California with research focusing on tobacco use and prevention among adolescents in the United States and China with secured funding from NIH and the State of California. In addition to his scientific contributions, he initiated and established through teamwork a solid and long-lasting collaborative US-China relationship. Before joining the University of Florida in January 2014, he spent more than 10 years at Wayne State University.  With continuous NIH funding, Dr. Chen’s research there covered three major areas: 1) Etiology of HIV risk behaviors among adolescents and adults in the Bahamas, China and the United States; 2) devising and evaluation of behavioral interventions for risk reduction through randomized controlled trial; and 3) development of new methodology and application of advanced models to characterize health risk behavior and to evaluate the newly devised behavioral intervention programs targeting youth at risk for HIV infection and youth and young adults who live with HIV.  Dr. Chen brings two ongoing NIH-funded projects with him, one was devised to investigate social capital and its relationship with HIV risk behaviors among rural-to-urban migrants in China and another was created to test and establish the cusp catastrophe modeling method for analyzing HIV risk behavior in adolescents.

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