The Goals and Objectives for the
Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell National HBCU Substance Abuse Conference
April 1 - 5, 2002
Inner Harbor Marriott, Baltimore, Maryland
2002 Theme: "Leave No One Behind: HBCUs' Local, National and International Role in Eliminating Ethnic Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, Education, Research and Policy"
- To provide a forum for exchange of cutting edge knowledge of substance abuse treatment, prevention, research and education as it relates to African-Americans.
- Increase awareness among HBCUs of disparities in treatment, services, and research for African Americans in substance abuse and related issues.
- Establish an open dialogue and information exchange network among HBCUs around current and promising practices in substance abuse research, treatment, prevention, education/training and policy development.
- Increase awareness among HBCUs of the need for quality substance abuse and mental health prevention, research and treatment services, particularly for African Americans.
- Promote majors in fields related to mental health and substance abuse treatment, prevention and research among minority students.
- To increase the cadre of African Americans and other minorities who specialize in the fields of psychology, social welfare and substance abuse treatment, prevention and research, by establishing educational sequences within regular curricula at HBCUs.
- To foster a nationwide educational and community oriented education and prevention initiative to address the dual public health problems of IV drug use and AIDS affecting African American communities.
- To promote institutional and community change by utilizing the vast resources of HBCUs to develop a cadre of change agents to work within those institutions in the area of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and research.
- To identify a cadre of competent African American social and behavioral scientists and increase their expertise in the areas of drug abuse prevention education, health promotion, and intervention, development, research and evaluation.
- To increase cross cultural linkages within the African Diaspora around issues of substance abuse.