UMS Injury Prevention and Substance Use Disorder Research Collaboratives Webinar

The University of Maine System Injury Prevention and Substance Use Disorder Research Collaboratives invite you to the first of three webinars in our Spring Webinar Series! The first webinar will take place on April 13 at 11:00 on the topic of Rural Health and Access to Care, with a focus on Substance Use Disorders.  

On April 13, Dr. Jennifer Blossom (University of Maine) will present “Improving Access in Youth Mental Health: Reframing Investigation to Realize a Public Health Impact”.  Dr. Katherine Darling (University of Maine, Augusta) and UMaine PhD student Colleen Coffey will present “Criminalization of Substance Use and Education as an Equitable Solution”. Additional details about their presentations are below. 

The following two webinars of our Spring series will cover the themes of Injury or Violence Prevention (April 25 at 11:00) followed by Substance Use Disorder & Overdose Prevention (May 16 at 11:00). Anyone interested is invited to attend! Each webinar will last one hour, hosting two or three presentations. Following the presentations, there will be a 20-minute period for discussion and questions in a small, open group forum to foster meaningful engagement and connection.

To attend the webinar on April 13, please register using this link

For any questions regarding the Spring Webinar Series, please contact Jamie Wren or Rachel Gallo at   

Presentation 1: Improving access in youth mental health: Reframing investigation to realize a public health impact (Dr. Jennifer Blossom) 

An overwhelming majority of youth with mental health problems never receive mental health services, an existing crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Youth and families who live in rural and remote areas face unique challenges when attempting to engage in mental health care.  Traditional mental health service delivery and psychological intervention research fail to adequately address this issue; a paradigm shift is necessary to improve the reach, utility, and efficiency of youth mental health services. Jennifer Blossom, PhD’s research evaluates the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) with the ultimate goal of realizing a public health impact of EBIs for common youth mental health concerns.  Specific lines of inquiry target long-standing and often poorly supported notions about EBIs and mental health service delivery.  In her talk, Dr. Blossom will provide an overview of ongoing research projects and future directions.   

Presentation 2: Criminalization of Substance Use and Education as an Equitable Solution (Dr. Katherine Weatherford Darling and Ph.D. Candidate Colleen S. Coffey) 

Dr. Katherine Weatherford Darling and doctoral student Colleen Coffey will discuss the prevalence of substance use as it intersects with the criminal justice system on our campuses. They will reveal results of a recent justice impact campus climate survey as well as highlight several grant-funded research projects on developing prison education partnerships across the state.