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LHU professor presents at forum on combating opioid crisis


In early March, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a critical forum, “Combating the Opioid Crisis: From Communities to the Capital,” in Washington, D. C. The forum featured speakers from the business community as well as state and federal government officials to highlight the work that the business community, the public sector, and local communities are doing to combat the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Beth McMahon, health science professor at LHU and Project Bald Eagle board member, was among the speakers. McMahon presented on the public health model used to develop Project Bald Eagle and the community-based participatory research done with the Youth Development Task Force (YDTF).

Her area of research interest and publications are in prevention/early intervention and treatment of substance abuse, “at-risk” youth, non-profit community health program planning and assessment, domestic violence, community service learning, and college student success. 

McMahon serves on more than 15 community health-related nonprofit organizations. She is the founding member of three 501(c)(3) health-related organizations, which have been recognized as Outstanding PA and National programs by the PA Public Health Association, PA Office of Rural Health and-or the National Society of Publich Health Education.

She was appointed as the first executive director of Project Bald Eagle in May 2015 and serves on the executive board of directors. She is a founding member (1994) and current executive board member of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition and chairs the YDTF. She engages in ongoing community-based participatory research with youth in areas of drug and alcohol prevention, depression, and suicide.

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