“Overcoming Stigma and Increasing Access: Challenges in Harm Reduction and Medication-Assisted Treatment”

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program will host “Overcoming Stigma and Increasing Access: Challenges in Harm Reduction and Medication-Assisted Treatment,” the 10th webinar in the Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis, Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. EST. 

Abstinence-only responses to substance use are prioritized in the United States despite the rise in the biomedical model of substance use disorder, which recognizes the value and necessity of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other harm-reduction tactics. This session will cover

the specific challenges minority communities face regarding accessing harm reduction and MAT, and the policy reforms that can help. 

The following presentations will be part of the event:

  • Ayana Jordan, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Allison V. Schlosser, assistant professor of medical anthropology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will present “Being the ‘Right’ Kind of Patient: The Racialization of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and Access to Care in Northeast Ohio;” and
  • Ted Parran, a doctor in internal medicine and addiction medicine at St.Vincent Charity Hospital and the Isabel and Carter Wang Professor and chair in medical education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will present “Accessing Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: More Challenging for People of Color.”

Lee Hoffer, associate professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve, will moderate.

This webinar activity has been approved for CEUs and RCHs for social workers and chemical dependency counselors.

Register for the event.