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Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community at Carolina and Beyond

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

QCAPS April 2021 Speaker Series will present “Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community at Carolina and Beyond.” Please join this panel discussion about substance use in the LGBTQ community, including current disparities, preventative care and interventions.

Panelists will include the following Carolina and Triangle community members:

  • Dr. Charla Blumell (UNC Office of Student Wellness) is the Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Office of Student Wellness. Her work focuses on primary and secondary program expansion, utilizing a holistic lens, supporting educational initiatives designed to cultivate a healthy community. She is dedicated to prevention efforts that center minoritized communities in the pursuit of comprehensive wellbeing.
  • Alicia Freeman, LCMHC (UNC Office of Student Wellness) was raised in the rural Native American community of Buckhead, North Carolina; home of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention/Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction. Alicia attended East Carolina University and obtained a Masters in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling as well as a graduate certificate in both Substance Abuse Counseling and Vocational Evaluation. Her experience includes vocational services, clinical counseling, accessibility services, and collegiate wellness initiatives. In higher education, she has also taught College Success Class and served on Student Success Council and ADA Compliance Committee. Alicia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Her passion for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention/Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction is deeply rooted in her life experiences and the health disparities faced by minority populations, specifically Native Americans.
  • Chase Rayfield, LCMHC is a native of Charlotte NC, who first became interested in psychology while in undergrad. After graduating in 2005 Chase worked in a private hospital as a psych tech for several years before going for their Master’s. Their master’s thesis was centered on Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment for clients with mental health and substance use disorders. From there Chase worked in public mental health for nearly 10 years before shifting to private practice in 2018. Chase has worked with many people over the years and welcomes the opportunity to work with adults from all walks of life. Chase has also performed hundreds of mental health assessments so is a strong diagnostician and can help clients sort out their mental health and substance use illnesses.

The event will be moderated by Tricia McGovern, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Faculty member, UNC School of Social Work. Tricia is also PI of the UNC Satir program. Her research and clinical expertise center on substance use health disparities and interventions, focusing on developing anti-racist and LGBTQAI+ affirming interventions for emerging adults and families. Currently, Tricia is working with nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism and Satir Model experts to develop a Satir-based anti-racist and anti-oppressive intervention.






April 21
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm