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Overcome
White House Analysts Discuss Multifaceted Effort to Overcome Overdose Crisis
November 23, 2022
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Senior Policy Analyst Peter Gaumond and General Counsel Robert Kent laid out a series of programs in the Biden-Harris Administration National Drug Control Strategy that are intended to build recovery ecosystems in communities nationwide.
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Community
For Two Award-Winning Authors, Community Is Crucial to Overcoming the Overdose Crisis
October 28, 2022
Sam Quinones and Beth Macy have spent much of their careers as journalists and authors covering this nation’s overdose crisis. At the Taking Action Summit, they both stressed that community engagement—and the sense of purpose and belonging it gives rise to—is capable of turning the tide.
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LGBTQ
Improving Prevention and Care Outcomes for LGBTQ People: Safer Spaces and Better Data Collection
October 28, 2022
Dr. John Blosnich discussed how LGBTQ people with substance use disorder contend not just with stigma related to SUD but with stigma related to sexual orientation and gender identity, which can be unintentionally yet overtly part of the health care experience in rural areas.
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Stigma
Tony Hoffman Highlights the Costs of Institutional Stigma
October 26, 2022
Tony Hoffman, co-founder of pH Wellness, reflected on how his substance use disorder eventually led to homelessness and how that experience gave him perspective on the stigma faced by people in similar circumstances. Instead of blaming people, he feels a sense of compassion and empathy. Rather than judging them, he wonders about the source of the pain that led to SUD.
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Causes and Consequences of Racial Health Inequities
October 20, 2022
Dr. Uché Blackstock broke down the causes of health care inequity—describing the “4 I’s of Oppression,” a framework through which an organization can advance change.
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Peer Support
Critical Role of Peer Specialists in Recovery: An Example
September 16, 2022
Yara Castro, Martin Felix, and Kassandra Figueroa discussed how utilizing peer support is critical both for individuals in recovery and to strengthen coordination of care across systems.
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Daus
How Dominant Narratives Influence Health Inequity
September 01, 2022

Public health analyst in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Health Equity, Gem Daus defines health inequities as differences in health status that are unnecessary, avoidable, unfair, and unjust.

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Danica Brown
Culture, Connection, and Community
September 01, 2022
How do Indigenous knowledge and evidence-based practices work together to help people with substance use disorder in Tribal communities on their path to recovery? Dr. Danica Love Brown outlined various ways at the Taking Action Summit.
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Now Available: Framework to Address Opioid-Related Suicide Risk
September 07, 2021
UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence has partnered with SafeSide Prevention to provide program-development assistance and workforce education to organizations interested in suicide-prevention initiatives.
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The Future of Videoconferencing Group Therapy
March 10, 2021
Telehealth can provide new pathways to care for patients with substance use disorders in rural communities. Learn how providers are preparing to use videoconferencing as a tool for treatment beyond the pandemic.
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Introducing ROADSS
February 26, 2021
To reduce barriers to methadone treatment in rural communities, the ROADSS model combines a centralized OTP that manages operations with smaller facilities in less populated areas that provide secure medication dispensing.
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Supporting Staff Wellness
February 22, 2021
For organizations working to address the opioid crisis, staff wellness initiatives offer a range of benefits. Readily adaptable to remote work, these programs can help staff feel supported and connected during COVID-19 and beyond.