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Faculty members to lead creation of NE Ohio Center for Addiction Research, Prevention, and Education Collaborative

Three faculty members will lead the creation of the NE Ohio Center for Addiction Research, Prevention, and Education (“CARPE”) Collaborative. The collaborative will be created with a $2.89 million grant to University Hospitals from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SCVMC).

Christina Delos Reyes, medical consultant at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at CWRU; Theodore Parran, associate professor at the School of Medicine; and Christopher Adelman, clinical senior instructor at the School of Medicine, will lead the effort.

Parran, who serves as co-medical director of Rosary Hall, SVCMC’s addiction medicine program, believes the CARPE Collaborative will teach health care workers from a variety of disciplines how to treat patients struggling with addiction and improve the quality of care each patient receives. 

“This dovetails nicely with St. Vincent’s transformation of our Behavioral Health service line to provide an integrated health model that takes a person-centered approach to care, and expands our service continuum to better meet the needs of the complex population we serve,” said Parran.

Delos Reyes, program director of addiction psychiatry at UH, also has high hopes for CARPE Collaborative: “The funding provided by this grant will dramatically increase the number of physicians being trained in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine in Northeast Ohio, which will improve access to care for patients,” Delos Reyes said. “This grant is designed as a workforce development program that also emphasizes expanding addiction care to rural areas and integrating addiction care into primary care offices.”