April 17, 2019

Join EDC at AAS Annual Conference

EDC experts will be taking part in the 52nd annual American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference in Denver, CO, April 24–27. More than 1,500 suicide prevention professionals—including advocates, health care leaders, researchers, crisis center representatives, suicide attempt survivors, and those who have survived suicide loss—are expected to attend this year’s conference.

Join EDC for presentations on such topics as improving state infrastructure, prevention in primary care, community engagement and capacity building, messaging in the entertainment and news industries, and much more. Several sessions will highlight real world implementation success stories. EDC will also host two exhibit booths (101B and 102B).

This year, EDC’s Jerry Reed, Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership, will be honored with the Louis I. Dublin Award, a lifetime achievement honor for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention.

The full list of EDC sessions is below.



EDC Staff

Wednesday, April 24

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Improving State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure: A State Coordinator Gathering

Irene Cho, Julie Ebin, Elly Stout

Thursday, April 25

1–2 p.m.


A Comprehensive, Integrated Approach to Suicide Prevention: The Story of the Colorado National Collaborative

Kristen Quinlan, Jerry Reed

Suicide Prevention in Primary Care: Real World Implementation

Nicole Tirone

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Perspectives on Community Engagement and Capacity Building

Linda Langford, Jerry Reed

Friday, April 26

9–10:00 a.m.

The HIV/AIDS Treatment Movement and Its Lessons for Suicide Prevention, followed by A Fireside Chat with Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed

2:15–3:15 p.m.

What Difference Are We Making? Success Stories from SPRC and the Field

Elly Stout

Suicide Surveillance and Tribal Communities: Strategies, Indicators, and Implementation

Amy Painter

Changing the Paradigm of Suicide Prevention: The Role of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S)

Kristen Quinlan

Ambitious Goals and Meaningful Change: Navigating Legislative Advocacy in Suicide Prevention

Jerry Reed

3:30–4:30 p.m.


State-Level Suicide Prevention: What Does It Take for Success?

Julie Ebin, Elly Stout

Uniting the Field around Shared Messaging Resources for the Entertainment and News Industries

Colleen Carr

4:45–5:45 p.m.

The Opioid Epidemic: Intersecting Suicide and Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts

Elly Stout

Saturday, April 27

1–2 p.m.

Finding Common Ground: A Primer on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment for Suicide Prevention Practitioners

Linda Langford, Kristen Quinlan, Elly Stout

Native American/First Nations Two Spirit Youth: Ending Bias to End Suicide

Sade Heart of the Hawk Ali

3:30–4:30 p.m.

How Can You Improve Your Strategic Partnerships to Advance Community Suicide Prevention Efforts? Lessons from SPRC’s State Virtual Learning Lab

Irene Cho