Conference Keynote Speaker, Austin Eubanks

Austin’s story of trauma, over-prescribed medications, and substance use disorder is sure to leave a lasting impression on this year’s conference attendees.  One of the 24 injured during the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999 that also left 15 dead including the two gunmen, Austin is now devoting his career to helping others who have journeyed into addiction by way of trauma. He speaks nationally regarding the problems with overprescribing medication, how anonymity adversely effects youth, the importance of the continuum of care, benefits of treatment centered in empowerment vs. powerlessness, and overcoming trauma as it pertains to addiction. He offers amazing insight into the current epidemic and allows others to better understand substance use disorder, symptoms and signs as well as pathways to recovery.

Austin is currently the Program Director at The Foundry Treatment Center in Colorado. He came to the rehabilitation       industry by way of his own personal recovery after a decade-long career as an advertising executive. After years on both the agency and the client sides of marketing, Austin found inspiration through his own recovery to focus his professional talents on the behavioral health and addiction treatment industry. Austin is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized speaker and media contributor on topics of behavioral health and addiction recovery. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment, on the board of directors of Stout Street Foundation, a founding board member for 5280 High School, and the proud father of two sons.


William Schaffner, MD

Dr. Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present Tennessee Contributions to Communicable Disease Prevention and Control.  One of the nation’s foremost experts on infectious diseases, Dr. Schaffner has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations and has been a member of numerous advisory committees that establish national vaccine policy.  He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions.  Widely regarded for his ability to translate complex research advances and health events into language that the public can understand, Dr. Schaffner often is invited by local and national media to comment on communicable disease issues.


Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MSW, MPH

Dr. Telfair is Professor of Public Health Practice and Research, Dual Chair for the departments of Community Health and Health Policy and Management, and the Karl E Peace Distinguished Chair of Public Health in the Jiann-Ping HSU College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.  As President of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and active member of its Georgia affiliate, Dr. Telfair takes a leader-as-servant approach, believing leadership is a unique and privileged opportunity to serve.    That philosophy along with more than 32 years of experience as a clinician, community-advocate, academic, evaluator, project director, researcher, academic center director and administrator – nationally and globally – come together to inform Dr. Telfair’s presentation, Accomplishments that Matter – APHA, Affiliates Responding to and Shaping Public Health. 


Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Dr. Bethell is a professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University where she works to advance a new integrated science of thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth and families.  Dr. Bethell will present The Epidemiology and Promise of Flourishing for Children, Youth and Families drawing on her work in childhood trauma.  She is founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and founder of the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and the National Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network.  Dr. Bethell seeks to catalyze mindful, data driven community partnerships by developing and liberating data for public use.  An overarching goal for Dr. Bethell’s work is to support self, family and community led healing of developmental trauma and to build and translate a new science of thriving into policy and practice.