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Youth Health Outcomes through School-Based Substance Use Intervention and Prevention

Thursday, July 19, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, Redwood Room
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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It is estimated that only 40% of teens aged 13 to 17 have visited their primary care provider in the past year. As a result, communities are increasingly looking for new strategies to reach young people with essential health, mental health and substance use services. Given the amount of time young people spend in schools, there is significant interest in how these locations can serve as access points for youth health care. For many youth, particularly those in under-resourced communities, School Based Health Clinics provide a vital link to health services that may include reproductive and mental health services. Until recently there has been little emphasis on the inclusion of substance use services in these settings. Fortunately, recent interest has emerged in the philanthropic sector regarding how the services can be expanded to include substance use disorder screening, early intervention and linkage to community-based treatment services at School Based Health Clinics. (See Health Affairs Blog on School-Based Health Clinics: Critical Access Points For Confronting The Addiction Epidemic by Alexa Eggleston.)

This session will provide an opportunity to share learning, engage funders in discussions about their in interest in and/or strategies for improving school health services through the inclusion of substance use and mental health prevention and early intervention services. Speakers will help attendees identify effective youth engagement strategies (such as screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment) and discuss promising and best practices that can be widely disseminated.




Alexa Eggleston, Senior Program Officer, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Alexa Eggleston

Alexa Eggleston leads implementation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s youth substance use prevention and early intervention initiative. Previously, she served for three years as Substance Abuse Program Director with the Council of State Governments Justice Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she was responsible for advising governmental and non-governmental agencies on developing and implementing substance abuse treatment and other rehabilitative services for individuals in the criminal justice system. Eggleston also worked as Director of Public Policy for the National Council for Behavioral Health where she conducted public policy activities to increase access to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services through federal legislation. She also spent several years as the Director of National Policy for the Legal Action Center where she directed policy and government relations activities to improve laws and policies that affect people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS or criminal records. She received her Juris Doctor from University of Maryland.


Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director, The L.A. Trust for Children's Health

Maryjane Puffer is the Executive Director of The L.A.Trust for Children’s Health. Her role at The L.A. Trust represents the nexus of all she has been committed to throughout her career as a pediatric nurse, a community health program director and lead developer of health programs. In her role as Executive Director, she helps to facilitate and implement LA Unified School District’s Wellness Networks and the Oral Health Initiative. Her work focuses on innovative and collaborative strategies for health programming in schools. She has successfully developed and managed both international and domestic health programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Puffer currently serves on LA County’s Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force; as a Western Regional Leader for DentaQuest’s OH2020 agenda; and as a board member of Clifford Beers Housing.


Arlene Schneir, Associate Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Arlene Schneir has extensive experience developing youth-specific model programs in the areas of youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, HIV prevention and treatment, substance abuse prevention, intimate partner abuse, transgender health and trauma and she has been active in advocacy and policy-making bodies in the adolescent health arena for more than 30 years. Schneir has also been involved in developing and implementing national scope training and technical assistance services. She is an experienced, effective leader, motivator and team builder and has led multiple strategic planning efforts. A hallmark of Schneir’s work has been the development of effective and productive community collaborations around adolescent health, HIV, trauma, substance abuse and homelessness. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Rosemary C. Veniegas, Senior Program Officer, Health, California Community Foundation

Before joining the California Community Foundation in 2012, she was an Assistant Research Psychologist with the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. Her work addressed the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices in community and public health settings. She is currently a commissioner with the LA County Hospital and Health Care Delivery Commission representing Supervisorial District 1. Veniegas received a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.





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Who May Attend
Current SCG members only

SCG members: register online. You must log in to your account to register.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.