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This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Bentley University
Koumantzelis Auditorium
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA  02452
United States
Contact: Phyllis Cudmore
617 965 3711

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This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



9:30 – 10:00    Coffee & Tea


10:00 – 11:00
The Public Health Issue Wreaking Havoc on Teens

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Massachusetts Department of Public Health


11:00 – 12:00

What You Need to Know About Teen Vaping, JUULing and E-Cig Use

·         The Latest Trends Among Adolescents

·         The Health Effects of Nicotine on the Developing Brain

·         Strategies and Approaches for Effective Prevention and Treatment of Nicotine and e-cigarette Related          Problems

Nicholas Chadi, MD
Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program, 
Boston Children’s Hospital


12:15 – 12:55    Catered Lunch


1:00 – 2:00

Panel Discussion: Diversion, Cessation, Access

·         Youth Education & Engagement

        Carly K. Caminiti, Associate Director

        The 84 Movement & Health Resources in Action

·         A Model School Intervention Program

        Scott Callaghan, MA, LMHC, Director of Operations

        Genesis Counseling Services, Inc.

·         Nicotine Cessation in Schools

        Nanette M. Vitali, MS, Contract Manager
        Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training, UMASS Medical School

·         Policies and Practices to Prevent Youth Access 
Cheryl Sbarra, JD, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Policy and Law
        The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards


2:00 – 2:30      Closing Remarks and Q&A


 Tickets: $50, includes lunch

Purchase orders will be accepted. Check the "Bill Me" option at checkout. For the Council's W9, please Contact
Stefanie Hergt at 617.965.3711 or

All checks should be made payable to:

Massachusetts Health Council
200 Reservoir Street, Suite 101
Needham, MA 02494


Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

As Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Dr. Monica Bharel serves as the Commonwealth’s chief physician. She helps lead the state’s aggressive response to the opioid crisis and is dedicated to reducing health disparities and developing data-driven, evidence-based solutions for keeping people healthy. She was appointed to her position by Governor Charlie Baker in February 2015.

Dr. Bharel oversees a public health workforce of nearly 3000 and an expansive department comprised of eight bureaus and offices responsible for a range of programs, from environmental health to infectious diseases, injury prevention, to maternal and child health. In addition, the department licenses health professionals and facilities that impact public health, and operates the state public health laboratory and four public health hospitals.

Under Dr. Bharel’s leadership, the Department was awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board and, in 2017, Massachusetts was named the healthiest state in the nation by America’s Health Rankings Annual Report which cited among other measures, the state’s low prevalence of obesity and high vaccination rates. Massachusetts is one of few states to experience a decrease in opioid overdose deaths following multiple new initiatives including its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, creation of core competencies to enable medical students with enhanced training regarding prescription drug misuse, and expanded access to medication-assisted addiction treatment and enhanced recovery support services.

Also in 2017, Dr. Bharel spearheaded creation of the Public Health Data Warehouse, a unique state-of-the-art tool involving multiple linked data sets across state government. This tool, developed within the newly created Office of Population Health, has proven invaluable for helping combat the opioid epidemic, garnering national attention as a model for the use of data to better understand complex health issues.

Dr. Bharel has been a voice for effective health policy, advocating for raising to 21 the age for tobacco and e-cigarette sales to reduce teen smoking and vaping; and passage of new regulations for testing blood lead levels in young children. She has led the transformation of community health investments to increase healthful opportunities for all.

Dr. Bharel has practiced general internal medicine for more than 20 years including at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, in neighborhood health centers, the Veterans Administration, and at nonprofit organizations. She has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Boston University Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, and has been recognized for her passionate dedication to underserved and vulnerable populations. Prior to becoming Commissioner, she served as the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, the largest nonprofit organization for homeless individuals in the country.

She received her Master of Public Health degree through the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. She holds her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center.

Nicholas Chadi, MD
Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program
Boston Children's Hospital

Nicholas Chadi, MD, is a pediatrician specialized in adolescent and addiction medicine. He is currently the first pediatric addiction medicine fellow in North America and practices at the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also completing a Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Dr. Chadi grew up in Montreal where he completed medical school at McGill University and pediatric residency training at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre (Montreal University) where he was chief resident in 2014-2015. He then completed his adolescent medicine subspecialty training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as a fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Chadi has a strong interest for health policy and advocacy. As an Action Canada Fellow in 2012-2013, he helped raise awareness about young caregivers.  He has co-authored several policy statements on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues and tobacco prevention and treatment for the Canadian Pediatric Society and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Dr. Chadi strives to improve healthcare for vulnerable youth. He has published several reported and editorial pieces in regional and national media outlets such as the Boston Globe, the Public Health Post and STAT News. His main clinical interests lie in caring for youth with substance use disorders, gender dysphoria and mental health problems including eating disorders. Dr. Chadi is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor and well-published researcher. His research interests include the study of mindfulness-based intervention for adolescents and the prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction with a specific focus on nicotine, e-cigarette and marijuana use among youth. 

Dr. Chadi has recently accepted a faculty position at the University of Montreal, where he will be an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Adolescent Medicine starting in the summer of 2019. Dr. Chadi will be conducting research and leading clinical programs for transgender youth and adolescents with substance use disorders. 


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