“Substance Use & Our Community” | Spring Community Ed. Series 2024

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Burlington, VT – Howard Center invites the community to the upcoming session of the Marna and Stephen Wise Tulin Spring Community Education Series, titled “Substance Use and Our Community.” This event will take place on May 2, 2024, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dealer.com, located at 1 Howard Street, Burlington. Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available.

The Burlington community, like many others in our country, is experiencing the effects of a surge in substance use, including opioid use. While individuals who engage in illicit substance use often struggle daily, substance use also impacts their family, friends, and community.

For the second session in Howard Center’s Spring Community Education Series, a panel of experienced clinicians will provide an overview of substance use in our community, including programs and services that provide treatment and efforts to create a bridge between people who use drugs and recovery, followed by a question-and-answer period.

This event is free and open to the public, and the attendees are encouraged to share their experiences, and contribute to the discussion on how we can work together to create a safer, healthier community.

Howard Center provides multiple services for opioid use disorder within a harm reduction framework. Requests for help may come from an individual who is seeking treatment, a family member who wants advice to help a loved one, a community partner seeking support for individuals with opioid use disorder, a resident reporting used needles in a park, or a business owner who may be confronted with a person experiencing an overdose at their place of business.

Registration: Free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to register early as spaces are limited.

Moderator: Beth Holden, MS, LCMHC, LADC: Chief Client Services Officer, Howard Center


  • John Brooklyn, MD: Medical Director, Chittenden Clinic, Howard Center
  • Dan Hall, LADC: Director of Outpatient Services, Howard Center
  • Heidi Melbostad, PhD, MFT: Director, Chittenden Clinic, Howard Center
  • Daniel Wolfson, MD: Start Treatment and Recovery (STAR) program physician leader, University of Vermont Medical Center

These seasoned professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health and substance use treatment, offering invaluable insights during the discussions.

For more information on the event, and to register, please visit howardcenter.org/ces2024.

This session of Howard Center’s Spring Education Series was made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, BTV Media Factory, Dealer.com, Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, The Stotz Broscious Group at Morgan Stanley, The University of Vermont Medical Center, and Vermont Electric Power Company.

Please note: if you have attended Howard Center virtual events in the past, it will be a different experience than previous Zoom webinar events. If you attend by livestream, you will have the option to submit questions through the chat. Virtual attendees will be sent a livestream link a few days before the event. Virtual attendees who would like to participate in the Q&A must be signed into a YouTube account.

For additional information, please contact pdetzer@howardcenter.org.