Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am PST
Many California counties are entirely rural or contain large rural populations. Rural communities can face unique risk factors, difficulties accessing services, and limited exposure to prevention campaigns.
In this webinar, presenter Charlie Seltzer will discuss the unique aspects of rural culture. He will identify risk and protective factors of rural communities, and address the implications of marijuana legalization in these areas. Finally, he will introduce best practices for providing culturally competent substance use disorder prevention services to rural populations.
Charlie Seltzer was introduced to the field of substance use disorder (SUD) prevention through his interest in HIV prevention. As an HIV educator for his county’s public health department, Charlie was struck by how often drugs and alcohol played a major role in HIV transmission. Halting the spread of HIV also meant reducing the impact of substances on people’s health and choices. After retiring from 10 years with his county’s public health department, first as its HIV prevention education coordinator and later as its prevention coordinator, and late substance abuse prevention administrator, Charlie began consulting with the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) providing SUD prevention education and technical assistance across the state of California. He is also on the faculty of Mendocino Community College, where he teaches SUD prevention.