Community Fund Event on October 15 to Focus on Brain Science of Addiction and the Adolescent Brain Print

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By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

Oct. 2, 2019:  The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe is a nonprofit corporation organized to provide funding and support for social service agencies and community programs serving the health, education, and welfare needs of local residents.

It recently announced the launch of a new Community Conversations Speaker Series designed to offer all local residents up-to-date information on and support for the urgent issues that are impacting their community.

The first of the series will feature Dr. Robert Dupont and Dr. Caroline Dupont from the Institute for Behavior and Health. It will focus on the brain science of addiction and why the adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to substance abuse. It will take place at Concordia College on October 15 at 7:30 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts and will focus on drug abuse prevention. Free tickets are available by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-tickets-73118971813.

For 50 years, Robert L. DuPont, MD, has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968 to1970, he was the director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. From 1970 to1973, he served as administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration. In 1978, he became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a nonprofit research and policy organization that identifies and promotes powerful new ideas to reduce drug use and addiction.  

Caroline DuPont, MD, is the vice president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. She focuses on addiction treatment and prevention. She maintains a private practice specializing in anxiety and addiction. Formerly, she was the founding president and principal investigator of DuPont Clinical Research, Inc., where she directed a team that conducted studies of investigational medication for anxiety and affective disorders.

The members of RyeACT coalition and their youth leader group will share their unique perspective as young people and speak to why they believe their local outcomes have improved using a community-based coalition approach.

“We are thrilled to start leveraging the expertise of the agencies we support in order to bring our entire community programming around issues that affect us all,” said Kiri Wolfe, board president of The Community Fund. “This is the first of many speaker events on topics that are relevant to our community that we are planning to host."

Youth substance prevention is a critical issue locally and nationally, and we are hopeful that this evening will be successful in starting a larger conversation throughout the Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester community.

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