Vaping has become a significant public health concern, and youth using on campus challenges schools and communities to create effective policies and response strategies. When intervention is warranted, the use of alternatives to suspension programs has been shown to have greater effect than removing students from school. This webinar will describe the frameworks of alternatives to suspension programs, demonstrate their effectiveness, and display Stanford REACH’s cannabis vaping alternatives to suspension program, Healthy Futures.
Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher is the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics II in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist with additional training in adolescent and young adult health. She is the founder and executive director of her REACH Lab, the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit, the Vaping Information, Solutions, and Interventions Toolkit, and Safety First: Comprehensive Drug Prevention Program. She is also the President-Elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Funded by the NIH and many foundations, her research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent and young adult tobacco, marijuana, and other drug use. Her research, committee, and advocacy work have been instrumental in setting policy at the local, state, and national level. She has served as a consultant to several community-based adolescent health promotion programs, participated in three Surgeon General Reports, participated in six National Academies of Science committees, and has been a member on several national campaigns to understand and reduce adolescent tobacco/e-cigarette use.