Community Forum

19th Annual Community Forum 

March 3, 2023 * 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM -Schaeffer Auditorium

The Opioid Epidemic: Impacts on Family Life Across the Lifespan

The topic, "The Opioid Epidemic: Impacts on Family Life Across the Lifespan,” raises awareness of the need to address the opioid epidemic and its disastrous impact on youth. Moreover, opioids are rampant, with adults and older adults using and misusing opioids, either by choice or as prescribed, resulting in an array of hazards across the life cycle.

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ADM Levine

Rachel L. Levine, M.D.

Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Bio

    Admiral Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future - one in which every American can attain their full health potential. ADM Levine’s storied career, first, as a physician in academic medicine focused on the intersection between mental and physical health, treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Then as Pennsylvania’s Physician General and later as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, she addressed COVID-19, the opioid crisis, behavioral health and other public health challenges.


Forum Purpose

The Kutztown University Community Forum, organized by the Department of Social Work, is a gathering of social work professionals, university community members, and community leaders. The purpose is to raise consciousness about—and craft solutions to—community needs, particularly as they pertain to families.

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sustainable lending library

The Department of Social Work is working to develop a Sustainable Lending Library that will facilitate access to educational materials/resources throughout social work students’ educational career. The library will be operated through the department and provide a lending service of essential educational materials to our students. Our initial fundraising goal is $ 55,000.  The  initiation date for the fund was Spring 2021.

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