On March 20, 2018, UConn Student Health, Counseling and Wellness hosted the AOD Stakeholders Call to Action conference in response to growing national awareness and concern about alcohol and other drug problems on college campuses. The conference was the kick-off event for an initiative to create a safer and healthier UConn campus with the goal of preventing and reducing harm related to alcohol and other drug use.
A comprehensive AOD campus-wide effort requires many invested partners. This community coalition approach requires interested stakeholders to come together to form a shared action plan with the ultimate goal of enhancing the UConn college experience and supporting student success, both in and out of the classroom. To that end, four prevention committees were launched during the AOD Stakeholders Call to Action conference and will meet monthly.
Keynote Speaker, Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason Kilmer works at the University of Washington in both a student affairs and a research capacity. Jason is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use by college students. He is also the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education in the Division of Student Life, working with different areas across campus to increase student access to evidence-based approaches. Jason also serves as the chairperson of Washington's College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Jason has been project faculty for several national learning collaboratives, including NYU’s National College Depression Partnership, Dartmouth’s National College Health Improvement Program, and the NCAA’s 360 Proof project. He was one of the six members of the development team for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM).
Jason was the 2014 recipient of the National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the field of prevention. Jason was a 2017 recipient of the Golden Apple award for teaching by the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program, and a 2017 recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. He was also the 2017 recipient of the Washington State Prevention Professional Award of Excellence.