The Substance Use Stigma Reduction Collaborative is a working group established by Penn State University’s Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction consisting of academic scholars, professionals, and practitioners throughout Penn State University. The mission of the collaborative is to examine and understand stigma toward substance use to identify ways to reduce its impacts.
Collaborative members work together to conduct research on the impact stigma has on substance use, examine ways to address stigma toward substance use in practice, and identify opportunities to connect with community members to implement initiatives to address stigma toward substance use.
Members of the collaborative meet monthly to discuss ongoing internal and external collaborations, initiatives, and contemporary issues to address substance use disorder treatment and recovery. If you would like to join the Collaborative, please email Dr. Glenn Sterner at email@example.com.
2022 CSUA Summit on Substance Use Disorder Stigma Reduction at Penn State University
We are pleased to extend an invitation for you and your organization to participate in the 1st Annual Summit on Substance Use Disorder Stigma Reduction at Penn State University on September 22nd, 2022. The event will take place in-person at the HUB-Robeson Center located on the Penn State University Park Campus, State College, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The Summit on Substance Use Disorder Stigma Reduction is an interdisciplinary event that brings together practitioners and scholars from a range of fields (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, criminal justice) to consider research, policy, and practice around the issue of stigma reduction in the field. This event is supported by generous contributions from the Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction and The Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research.
- To register for the event or learn more about the event, please visit our event registration website.
- For pricing, see below.
- $35.00: Current – May 31st
- $45.00: June 1st – September 15th
- $55.00: September 15th – September 22nd (Day of Event)
- On-site registration is available for $55.00
The summit's keynote speaker is Dr. Alex Elswick. Dr. Alex Elswick is a tireless advocate for people with substance use disorders. He currently serves the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Substance Use Prevention and Recovery. Alex is a trained researcher, recovery coach, and mental health therapist, as well as the co-founder of Voices of Hope, a peer-driven recovery community organization. But most importantly, Alex is himself a person in long term recovery from the chronic disease of addiction.
More information about the summit’s agenda is available here. The event includes multiple breakout sessions featuring faculty from across Penn State as well as practitioners and scholars from around the country.
The following are active outreach experiences coordinated by members of the Collaborative:
The Story Powered Initiative is a national movement to address stigma associated with a variety of social justice issues. Stigma shames and isolates, creating divisions of “them” and “us.” Stories can change that. By creating connections through stories, we are working to break down these barriers for a more inclusive world. The Story Powered Initiative is a space for individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact through sharing their stories.
Life Unites Us fights to end the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder in Pennsylvania. A crucial step in reducing opioid addiction and overdose rates is to confront and correct harmful perceptions and societal stereotypes by sharing the real stories of those living with addiction across our state. The effort is supported by organizations, coalitions, and service providers who have already been doing amazing work to fight the opioid epidemic across the state.
Featured publications will be added at a later date.
Active Research Projects
Active research projects will be added at a later date.
Below are current activities hosted by the Collaborative. Please let us know if you would like to join them by contacting Erin Bergner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Collaborative Book Club
- The collaborative has established a book club where members meet monthly to take part in an open discussion regarding a stigma-related novel. Members are currently reading Raising Lazarus by Beth Macy. The book club is open to anyone interested.