Choosing Hope Webinar Recordings

A no-cost webinar series for local healthcare professionals, emergency services providers and community members focused on awareness, prevention, treatment and recovery of substance and opioid use disorders.

Webinar #1

Welcome – Lisa Green, WNY Rural Area Health Education Center

Opioid Crisis Statistics and Impacts in Wyoming County
Sergeant Colin Reagan, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department

How I Chose Hope: One Person’s Road to Treatment and Recovery
Cindy Marcello – CASAC, Spectrum Health and Human Services

Panel Participants
Eric Dryja – Managing Director, Spectrum Health and Human Services, Warsaw
Dawn Stone – Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Spectrum Health and Human Services
Catherine Cleveland – Healthcare Provider, Cleveland Emotional Health
Sarah Marcello – Family Member


Webinar #2

Understanding Addiction Part 1:
Best Practices for Identifying and Treating Opioid Use Disorder
Dr. Gregory Collins – Wyoming County Health Department Director, WCCHS


Webinar #3

Understanding Addiction Part 2:
Overcoming Stigma: Choosing Hope over Hearsay
Erin Pownall Burns – Certified Recovery Peer Advocate

Shifting from Stigma to Hope
John Ingersoll, MS, CARC, CRPA


Webinar #4

Addiction, Mental Health, and Treatment Options
Connecting the Dots between Mental Health and Addiction
Dawn Stone – Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Spectrum Health and Human Services

Sabrina Pragle is a Warsaw native who is an active member of the Consumer Advocacy Council for Spectrum Human Services and Mental Health Counseling.

Sarah Suplicz is one of our Rural AHEC Scholars who is spending three weeks here at the Rural Area Health Education Center learning about rural healthcare. During her time at R-AHEC, Sarah has learned about social determinants of health and how they impact access to health care in underserved communities.