Higher Ed’s Role in Community Recovery & Wellbeing

Recovery-Friendly Workplaces Logo Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Schellhase Commons, Lobby & 105

Join Representative Madeleine Dean, members of the Shapiro administration, and community leaders for a conversation on how higher education can serve as an incubator for recovery-friendly innovation.

As part of the Representative’s National Substance Abuse Prevention Month programming, Rep. Madeleine Dean will be visiting Ursinus College to host a policy panel to discuss the role that higher education can play to de-stigmatize addiction and how that work plays into ongoing initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. Panelists will share their personal experiences with the substance-use disorder and recovery spaces and its direct impact on their advocacy.

Check-in is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Schellhase Commons Lobby, with the panel and subsequent Q&A set to commence at 10 a.m.

This event is open to all Ursinus faculty, staff, students and the general public. For all non-Ursinus College community members, we require an RSVP by the close of business Monday, October 30.


For those interested in participating in the Q&A session, please submit your questions here. If you If you are in need of special accommodations, let us know below. 

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bean Katie Bean

Director, Health Promotion at Ursinus College
Katie Bean is the first Director of Health Promotion at Ursinus College. She drives systems-based strategies to enhance well-being for all at the College.


dean Rep. Madeleine Dean

Member of Congress (PA-04), U.S. House of Representatives
Madeleine Dean is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district. The district includes almost all of Montgomery County, a suburban county north of Philadelphia.




Kelly Primus Kelly Primus

Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
In her current role, Kelly is leveraging her experience with various components of the service system to support the Department and Shapiro Administration’s priorities to benefit people with substance use disorders, the people who love them, providers, and the communities across the Commonwealth.




Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA, FAAN

President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation / Vice President of Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross
Lorina Marshall-Blake is the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (the Foundation), a charitable, private foundation founded in 2011, and also the vice president of community affairs at Independence Blue Cross (Independence). In her role with the Foundation, she leads strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and wellness of the community. Under her leadership, the Foundation has established itself as a collaborator, innovator, and thought leader in addressing emerging health needs in southeastern Pennsylvania. As the vice president of community affairs, Marshall-Blake develops and manages relationships with community partners to advance Independence’s social mission efforts.


Greg Young

Director, Recovery Friendly Workplace - PA Initiative for Unity Recovery
In sustained, long term recovery since May 2018, Greg utilizes his lived experience to help others each and everyday through employment support in addition to educating business owners and organizations on how to best support staff who may be in recovery.