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Columbia: Professor Rachel Shelton Invited to Speak at White House Symposium

Dr. Rachel C. Shelton, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences, who is helping lead an Implementation Science Initiative through the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA), was invited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to be a speaker on the ‘Communicating and Working with Special Groups’ Panel at the White House Roundtable on Preventing Overdoses on College Campuses Symposium, November 13th at The White House.

The purpose of the panel is to introduce the audience, comprised of University presidents, deans and administrators, the considerations of planning and implementing opioid education and naloxone training on college campuses, including working with important segments of the student body like veterans, athletes, student in recovery, resident assistants, and students in fraternities and sororities. According to research by Dr. Shelton, there is high student interest in attending opioid education/naloxone training on college campuses, but also lessons learned regarding the barriers and recommendations to successfully delivering such programs on undergraduate campuses. Research was funded through a grant funded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) through the CTSA.

Dr. Shelton is also associate director of research for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. A social and behavioral scientist, Dr. Shelton has expertise in implementation science, health equity, and community-based intervention research. She has over 12 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research in both community-based and health system settings, with a focus on implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in real-world settings.

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