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Friday, March 20, 2020, 10:00am-1:15pm

The Dangerous Health Impacts of Alcohol:
from Assessment to Treatment

A Special Lecture Presented by:

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Featured Presenters:

Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D., Co-Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Director of Training, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Director, Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 9)

David Hindman, PhD, Chief, Clinical Standards and Training Unit Substance Abuse Prevention & Control

Randolph Holmes, M.D., Family Medicine and Medical Director, PIH Health and Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Alexander Kuo, M.D., FAASLD, Medical Director, Liver Transplantation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Stephen Pandol, M.D., Director, Basic and Translational Pancreas Research and Leader of Translational Oncology and Professor of Medicine, Cedars Sinai-Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

This Lecture Series presentation will provide current information on alcohol use disorder trends and provide strategies for clinicians to assess and treat alcohol use disorder. A detailed review of the negative health impacts of alcohol consumption, especially as it relates to liver and pancreatic diseases, will be discussed. Participants will be able to address the synergistic effect of alcohol and secondary risk factors such as diet, viral hepatitis, and gender on the development and progression of alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases. Understanding the relationship between the diseases and risk factors allows for the development of more effective prevention, assessment, and treatment measures to be utilized by healthcare professionals.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of alcoholism in the community, and identify current assessment and treatment options for alcoholism and alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases. A panel discussion with the presenters will follow the lecture. This portion of the presentation is intended to assist SUD providers in translating the information provided by the presenters into meaningful encounters with patients.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two (2) parts of the population at risk for liver and pancreatic diseases as a result of their alcohol consumption and how alcohol correlates to these diseases.
  2. Describe three (3) individual behavioral and health factors, which may increase the risk of liver and pancreatic diseases among persons consuming alcohol.
  3. Specify two (2) assessment options and two (2) treatment options for Alcohol Use Disorder.
  4. Explore the cultural and linguistic barriers of access, assessment and treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder.

Location and Time

The Alhambra Auditorium
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803

Friday, March 20, 2020
10:00am - 1:15pm

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