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Problem Gambling & Addiction: National Trends and Minnesota Communities


Dr. Serena King, a professor of psychology at Hamline, and Susan Sheridan Tucker, Executive Director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA), completed a first of its kind research project among members of the Lao community in Minnesota and decided it was time to convene their colleagues to talk.

“Policymakers in Minnesota have funded research and provided resources for the treatment of gambling and other addictions, but the toll on our state’s immigrant and refugee communities remains high,” said Dr. King. “Bringing leaders in the field together to share knowledge made sense,” she continued.

Sheridan Tucker and King have assembled an impressive group of experts for a half-day conference in the Anderson Center on Wednesday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The morning will include a presentation by Don Feeney, President of National Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) on the National Survey on Gambling and Gambling Experience and a talk by Dr. King titled "Substance Use, and Help Seeking Attitudes". The speakers will be followed by a panel on problem gambling and its impacts on the Lao community, featuring Mr. Feeney, Dr. King, Sunny Chanthanouvong and Vilamone Tran from the Lao Assistance Center of MN.

The second half of the morning will focus on a talk titled "The Karen Chemical Dependency Collaboration: Cross-Sector and Cross-Cultural Collaboration to Reduce Substance Use in a Karen Community" by Jennifer Simmelink McCleary, Associate Professor, the University of Minnesota at Duluth. After the talk, there will be a panel discussion to address the issues of mental health and addiction treatment and outreach within immigrant and refugee communities, featuring Professors King, McCleary, Nway Linn, LADC, LPCC, Treatment Director, Wilder Recovery Services, St. Paul. who works with refugee and immigrant communities, and Yussuf Shafie, Licensed Social Worker and CEO of Alliance Wellness (a chemical dependency treatment center serving East African communities).

Register to attend the conference via eventbrite.

Written by staff.