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Webinar Replay: Activating Local Communities to Successfully Address Opioid Addiction and Recovery

This webinar was held on April 17, 2019, and was the fifth webinar in a series about addressing the opioid crisis in America.

Local communities are organizing to battle opioid use disorder, based on the growing understanding that addiction and treatment happen at the community level. Successful efforts include tracking spikes in opioid use, effectively targeting high-burden areas, conducting community-based research on needs and resources, and deploying community-based resources in a meaningful and coordinated fashion.

During this webinar, HMA public health, prevention, and research experts explored how to activate local communities in the battle to prevent the rise of opioid use disorder and how to respond to the needs of community members for wraparound services. Speakers also addressed how the engagement of those most impacted by opioids can improve the availability and effectiveness of recovery and prevention options and solutions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of peers and community health workers and the roles they play in keeping local communities activated.
  2. Find out how to conduct a community gap analysis to identify the type of wraparound supports and services needed to best address opioid use disorder.
  3. Learn how to engage community members in community-based participatory research and program implementation to develop and implement effective services.
  4. Understand how to use surveillance data needed to identify and respond to neighborhoods at growing risk for opioid deaths.
  5. Find out how local communities in Delaware are organizing to prevent overdose deaths in their neighborhoods and ensure those in need have opportunities to engage in treatment.
  6. Learn why targeted Naloxone distribution makes more sense than passive distribution among the “worried well.”

HMA Speakers

  • Liddy Garcia-Bunuel, Principal, HMA Community Strategies
  • Marci Eads, PhD, Managing Director, HMA Community Strategies

Who Should Listen

State and local public health officials; behavioral health practitioners; addiction treatment providers; officials from state healthcare organizations, Medicaid agencies, community-based organizations, federally qualified health centers, and other provider organizations; and community members who have been impacted by addiction.