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HMA presented at 2024 Opioid & Fentanyl Abuse Management Forum in New Orleans

HMA Principal Teresa Garate, PhD presents at the 2024 Opioid & Fentanyl Abuse Management Forum sponsored by the World Conference Forum. She is standing at the front of a room next to a screen.

On February 15, 2024, HMA Principals Teresa Garate, PhD and Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS presented at the 2024 Opioid & Fentanyl Abuse Management Forum sponsored by the World Conference Forum. Their presentation focused on enhancing outreach strategies for reaching and engaging people suffering from opioid use disorder in their communities. Participants were able to learn about public health approaches, harm reduction and low-barrier treatment, as well as an understanding of the considerations needed when building community driven strategies that are person-centered.

Dr. Garate also served as chairperson for the two-day event, providing opening remarks on the first day, engaged panelists in provocative conversations, and closed out the gathering with a summary of the presentations. With a deep understanding that addiction is a disease of the brain, the presentations focused on biopsychosocial approaches and highlighted the use of multiple and diverse interventions. The compilation of the event’s presentations resulted in robust discussions on research, model programs, model strategies, and the critical role of policy, funding, innovation, and data sharing. The overarching message was that as a collective group of advocates, we must continue to use every resource we have at our disposal to push the envelope and challenge the status quo so that we can stop the increase in overdoses and overdose deaths.

At HMA, consultants on our opioid team have unique expertise and more than 30 years of experience tackling every part of the substance use disorder system. They have led the development of comprehensive prevention, evidence-based treatment, and recovery solutions at the state, county and community level.  We have experience working with states and community organizations to develop impactful, sustainable responses to opioid crisis issues. Our team is ready to help clients create actionable and sustainable programs to address the opioid epidemic and addiction treatment.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help your organization develop programs to help combat the opioid crisis.

Meet the HMA blog contributors

Anika Alvanzo

Anika Alvanzo, MD, MS, DFASAM, FACP

Baltimore, MD
Teresa Garate

Teresa Garate, Ph.D.

Managing Director
Chicago, IL