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Addressing OUD in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Communities Part 1: Treatment and Recovery for African American Communities

Presenter(s): Michelle Durham, MD, MPH, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center and Andre Johnson, MA, Detroit Recovery Project

Target Audience: This activity is designed for interprofessional teams, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physicians, psychologists, social workers and peer recovery support specialists. The activity is accredited for interprofessional teams, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physicians, and social workers.

Credit Designations Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, Nursing Contact Hours, AAPA Category 1 CME credit, SW CE credit, Pharmacy CE credit, IPCE credit

Webinar Description: Between 2018 and 2019, the rate of opioid-related deaths among African Americans increased by 38%. Despite these rising rates of drug overdoses in African American communities, attention to the drug overdose crisis and opioid epidemic has focused primarily on White suburban and rural communities. This webinar will address the unique challenges and social determinants that hinder access to quality care for many African Americans. Additionally, we will review opioid use disorder treatment and harm reduction options, as well as explore the use of peer support services to engage African Americans in appropriate services.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify existing disparities in access to quality substance use treatment and recovery services for African Americans
  • Discuss the contextual issues and treatment barriers that impact rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid overdoses in African American populations
  • Explore the use of specific outreach strategies and recovery supports to increase access and engagement in care for African Americans
  • Examine the use of effective harm reduction strategies within African American communities
Certificate Instructions
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Complete the learning material located under "Course Content"

2: "Start" and complete the "Survey" in reference to this activity.

3: "Start" and complete the final PCSS course "Evaluation" to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.

4: Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.
Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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