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Webinar replay: collaborating with faith-based organizations on reducing overdose deaths and addressing stigma

This webinar was held on November 8, 2022.

Substance and opioid use disorders (S/OUD) affect people from all walks of life, including those active in faith communities. Yet many faith leaders do not know how to effectively support members of their congregations and their families who are struggling with these diseases. Faith groups and faith leaders from all denominations can be critical allies in addressing the stigma of S/OUD and building safe, compassionate spaces for individuals to get spiritual support along with the physical, mental, and emotional help they need to recover from S/OUD.

Presenters led participants through the myths and facts about S/OUD most relevant to faith communities and how to create faith-based prevention initiatives that can work in collaboration with other state S/OUD prevention and harm reduction strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Find out how Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) can play an important role in helping individuals and families affected by S/OUD.
  • Learn how to encourage collaboration between faith communities and systems of care.
  • Understand key myths and facts related to S/OUD to share with FBOs.
  • Learn how to help FBO start prevention and harm reduction strategies in their communities.
  • Find out how to leverage FBOs to expand education about SUD and reduce stigma.


Amy Bechtol, West Tennessee Faith-Based Community Coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Ana Bueno, Senior Associate, HMA
Stephanie Denning, Principal, HMA


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