Healthy Connections conference September 22 to highlight evidence-based solutions to substance use and trauma


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Healthy Connections, an initiative of Marshall Health’s addiction medicine services, and the West Virginia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Coalition are hosting “The Kids Aren’t Alright: A Call to Action Fall Conference” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, September 22, in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center in Huntington. This free, one-day conference for parents, community members and professionals also has a virtual participation option.

“Multiple generations have been negatively impacted by substance use and trauma,” said Jennifer Mills Price, PsyD, director of Healthy Connections. “Our annual fall conference offers workshops to connect community members with evidence-based interventions to support children and families.”

Conference speakers include: Trish Luna, the Nashville-based author of Timbi Talks, a children’s book about coping with parental substance use; Carol Smith, Ph.D., counseling professor at Marshall University and vice president of the WV ACES Coalition; and Todd Davies, Ph.D. associate director of research for the division of addiction sciences at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Registration for in-person or virtual conference participation is available at  In-person attendees must wear face masks while inside the Marshall University Medical Center.

Additional information about the conference is available by contacting Dr. Price at 304-691-6414. Healthy Connections is an initiative of the division of addiction sciences at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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