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2018 Young Women’s Conference Recap

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Intern On February 28th, 2018, Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted the 14th annual Young Women’s Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, in New Brunswick, NJ. It was a day filled with interactive and educational workshops that provided students with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and emphasized the importance of life and social skills. The goal of the conference is for the attendees to return to their schools and share the information with the rest of the student body through different programs and/or events. The day began with provided breakfast and an amazing production, Lost Angels , performed by the Playground Theatre Project. This outreach program production touches on bullying, violence, racism, sexism, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. The piece brings up issues current in today’s society and the struggles that young people face in their everyday lives. The student’s in the play learn...
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Wellspring Awarded Grant to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Women and Girls

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) has awarded a $100,000 grant to Wellspring Center for Prevention of East Brunswick. The agency is one of only 16 organizations nationwide to be awarded the grant designed to address female opioid misuse prevention. Officials said projects covering cities in 12 states were selected to implement the primary and / or secondary prevention of prescription and illegal opioid misuse by women and girls across the lifespan. The grant awards come on the heels of a recently released report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality revealing hospitalizations involving opioid pain relievers and heroin increased 75 percent for women between 2005 and 2014, compared to a 55 percent increase among men. “There is emerging knowledge about the many factors affecting opioid use and misuse by women, including biological, demographic and social factors,” Vanila Singh, chief medical...
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