This webinar, held on August 28, 2019, was hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Justice-Involved (OBHE). The webinar provided context and a brief data overview of the opioid epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities. Presenters highlighted examples of innovative strategies to prevent and treat opioid misuse and addiction by researchers, practitioners, and community members working in communities with a high proportion of Black and Hispanic/Latinx populations facing opioid misuse and addiction.
The webinar featured four presenters, each representing a unique role within the behavioral health field and working in geographically diverse communities to end the opioid epidemic. Presenters described community-focused strategies to address opioid concerns within their specific community, and shared how culture and language was incorporated in these strategies. Following the presentations, Dr. Larke Nahme Huang, SAMHSA OBHE Director, facilitated a Q&A discussion.
- Andre L. Johnson, M.A.
- Mary Langley, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, ICPS
- Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D.
- Ricardo Cruz, M.D., M.P.H.
Population of focus: Black, Hispanic/Latinx
Links to resource:
- Watch the recording of the webinar.
- Register for the upcoming session continuing the conversation! The follow-up discussion will take place in a NNED virtual roundtable format on October 17, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET.
- Learn more about the presenters by reading their biographies.
- Read the descriptions of the presentations shared by each of the presenters.
- Access SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, which offers prevention planners a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their states and communities.
- Read this news article written about Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery), the Boston Medical Center project that utilizes culturally and linguistically diverse Recovery Coaches who deliver interventions to engage racially/ethnically diverse individuals after completion of acute treatment services to link, engage, and retain them in treatment for opioid use disorder, primary care services, and harm reduction with the hope of decreasing opioid-related overdose deaths in these communities.
- Check out this news article written about the Dougherty Alliance for the Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder, a 3-year prevention grant to address opioid misuse among African Americans in a rural and/or micropolitan community.
- Find out more about the Detroit Recovery Project, a peer-led, peer-run, and peer-driven non-profit organization (also a NNED partner organization!) that is licensed through the State of Michigan to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
- Learn more about SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity.