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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Dr. Clive Kennedy

Dr. Clive Kennedy is currently a clinical supervisor and administrator of a training program for marriage and family therapists, professional clinical counselors, social workers, and psychology graduate student’s practicum and internship training experiences. ...Read more


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Minority Fellowship Program: Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Mental Health in Older Adults Webinar Webinar," which occurred February 22, 2023, are now available for download......Read more
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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW)
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Monitoring the Future survey, reported rates of nicotine vaping, cannabis use, alcohol use among adolescents (8th, 10th, and 12th graders) remained stable in 2022 after significantly declining in 2021. Although the rates of illicit drug use (e.g., cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs) remained stable or declined among this group, there was a slight increase in the use of narcotics (e.g., Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, etc.). Furthermore, there was a dramatic rise in overdose deaths among adolescents ages 14-18, linked to counterfeit fentanyl, a potent synthetic drug made to resemble prescription medications like benzodiazepines, opioids, and other medications.1 Fentanyl overdose deaths among adolescents increased from 253 (1.21 per 100 000) in 2019 to 680 (3.26 per 100 000) in 2020 and to 884 (4.23 per 100 000) in 2021. In 2021, fentanyl was identified in 77.14% of adolescent overdose deaths, as compared with other drugs (benzodiazepines (13.26%), methamphetamines (9.77%), cocaine (7.33%), prescription opioids (5.76%), and heroin (2.27%)). In 2021, the highest adolescent overdoes rates were among American Indian and Alaska Native (n = 24; 11.79 per 100 000), followed by Latinx (n = 354; 6.98 per 100 000) (Figure B).2 Targeted efforts are needed to educate adolescents and their parents/caregivers on the harms of fentanyl.

How Discrimination in Health Care Affects Older Americans

In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse launched National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) as an annual, week-long health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. NDAFW provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners to help advance the science and address youth drug and alcohol use in communities and nationwide.3 Mark your calendar for NDAFW 2023, March 20–26! To learn more, get activity ideas, or even plan your own event, visit NDAFW 2023External Web Site Policy .

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