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We are Better Together: Partnering with Youth Affected by Parental Drug Use to Meet Their Needs

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The needs of adolescents have been under-recognized in efforts to address the impact of parental substance use. Presenters will share their work to better understand the needs of youth affected by parental drug use. They will discuss how they worked with youth and families first as participants and later as co-creators of the Better Together Intervention, a library-based substance use prevention intervention for youth affected by parental drug use.


Terrinieka W. Powell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Vice-Chair of
Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Dr. Powell received her BA from Williams College and MA & Ph.D. from DePaul University. She spent two years as a Kellogg Health Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Public Health before joining the faculty at JHSPH. She is a trained Community Psychologist committed to improving adolescent health outcomes, with an extensive history of using community-engaged approaches and working with community partners (e.g., churches, libraries, and youth-oriented CBOs) to conduct research. She has expertise in adolescent health, qualitative methods, intervention development, and implementation science. She has collaborated with institutions across the country to promote educational attainment as well as prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance use among adolescents. Her research team, the B Lab, is currently focused on supporting the needs of Black adolescents affected by parental drug use. She has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been PI or Co-I on several externally funded grants that seek to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

Darian Glover,
B Lab Young Adult Partner

Darian was born and raised in East Baltimore, MD. He currently serves as a Team Lead at Civic Works where he teaches and mentors young adults. For nearly two years, he has served as a young adult partner with the B Lab to design and develop interventions salient to the needs of youth affected by parental drug use. He decided to partner with the B Lab because he wants to see a change in underserved communities.

Asari Offiong, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Offiong received her BS from the University of Michigan, MPH from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an adolescent health researcher who takes an assets-based, youth-centered approach to address issues pertinent to young people. With nearly nine years of experience, she has experience in leading youth development programs and conducting mixed methods, community-based research in various metropolitan areas across the U.S. with non-profits, school districts, and government agencies. Furthermore, she has experience designing and implementing culturally relevant programs related to substance use prevention and reproductive health for youth. She has an unwavering commitment to helping youth thrive via research and public health programs and initiatives.




June 17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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