The State of Alaska Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction is excited to host a community cafe in Fairbanks in September. This community café is designed to help OSMAP directly incorporate the voice of Alaskan communities into the upcoming Statewide Opioid and Polysubstance Use Action Plan. The community café is a method that gets away from the town hall style of gathering community feedback, and instead ensures every voice in attendance is heard. Everyone in the community is invited to the community café.

At this event, we want to hear from the community in Fairbanks about what polysubstance misuse, overdose, and substance use disorders look like locally. We are also hoping to hear about factors that are unique to the community that either help or hinder the response to these issues, as well as existing efforts to address them. RSVP recommended!

Event Date:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Event time:
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AKDT

Event Location:
Pioneer Park Exhibit Hall
2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Attendee Check-in and Networking

3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Café Opening
Land Acknowledgement
Theresa Welton,
Unit Manager for Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention at Alaska Department of Health

Opening Speaker
City of Fairbanks Mayor, Jim Matherly

3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Data Overview
Theresa Welton

3:50 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Community Café and Small Group Discussion Overview
Theresa Welton

3:55 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Group Breakouts: Polysubstance Use in Fairbanks

  • Knowledge and Perceptions
  • Unique Community Factors
  • Existing Efforts

5:40 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.


Project Hope
Tim Easterly,
Project Hope Program Coordinator, Alaska Department of Health

5:55 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.

Successes of Statewide Opioid Action Plan and Opportunities for Improvement
Theresa Welton

6:05 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.

Group Breakouts: Improving strategies in current Statewide Opioid Action Plan

6:40 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

Large Group Share Out

6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Café Close Out and Networking

Next Steps
John Ruyak,
Program Coordinator, CDC Foundation

Closing Speaker
Kara Nelson,
Director of Development and Public Relations, True North Recovery

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