Thursday, March 29
Safe Injection Sites: Part of the Opiate Solution? Panel Discussion with Q & A
Moderated by Jane Lindholm, host of VPR’s “Vermont Edition.”
6:00-7:30 p.m.


  • Brandon del Pozo
    Chief of Police, Burlington, Vermont
  • Patti Fisher, MD
    Chief Medical Officer, Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Sarah George
    Chittenden County State’s Attorney
  • Grace Keller
    Program Coordinator, Howard Center Safe Recovery
  • Mark Levine, MD
    Vermont Commissioner of Health

Thursday, April 19
“Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity”
Film screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker Mira Niagolova
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Main Street Landing

“Welcome to Vermont” offers a nuanced view of lives of forcibly displaced people once they have achieved their ultimate desire to resettle in the US and “live the American dream.” In four vignettes, it takes us inside the daily lives of four families from Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Rwanda who have recently resettled in Vermont, one of the smallest and most homogeneous states in the country. The documentary raises questions about identity, assimilation, and diversity and explores how the adaptation process differs from one ethnic group to another, from one individual to the next. -Mira Productions website

View a trailer of “Welcome to Vermont.”

Mira Niagolova 

Mira Niagolova is an award-winning, internationally recognized documentary filmmaker committed to telling socially conscious stories portrayed with sensitivity and compassion. Mira is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. The Award is to teach independent film for social change at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and to develop her new multi-platform documentary about gender stereotyping, “Selling Identity.”

Thursday, May 10
Scattered: ADHD Across the Lifespan
Presentation with Q & A with Feyza Basoglu, MD and Joseph Lasek, MD
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent and at times controversial condition which can be present in people at any age. Though sometimes misunderstood, it actually has a well defined set of criteria and an easily recognized set of problems. This presentation will cover the epidemiology, presentation, and assessment of ADHD across the life span. We will also discuss ways in which self-care, diet, exercise, psychotherapy, and medications can be used to help those with ADHD decrease suffering and improve functioning. We’ll discuss special considerations in ADHD treatment, including co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use conditions. Finally, we’ll discuss potential concerns about assessment and  treatment, including misdiagnosis, diversion/misuse of prescribed medication, and long-term outcomes of treatment.

Feyza Basoglu, MD

Dr. Basoglu credits her amazing high school psychology teacher who encouraged her passion for this field, as well as the many doctors in her family who talked her into becoming an doctor. Pursuing both interests, she graduated from Istanbul University School of Medicine knowing she was going into psychiatry. She left Instanbul to attend the University of Massachussetts for training in adult pschiatry, followed by a fellowship to study child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Vermont. BasogluI works with patients at Howard Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County, and says, “I learn, grow, transform with them through this very humbling experience of understanding the developing brain.”

Joseph Lasek, MD

Dr. Lasek is the Associate Medical Director at Howard Center where he has been working for more than a decade. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UVM Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Faculty for Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has worked in many community mental health settings, corrections and inpatient psychiatric settings over the course of his career.