A Virtual Summit 05.10.2024

Boots on the Ground

Community-based programming to reduce stigma and racial disparities in access to opioid use disorder services

Premiere Partner

Opioid Response Network


The Twin Cities Recovery Project, Inc.


No Fee Registration

May 10, 2024

8:30 AM - 4:40 PM CST


  • Identify clinic-based solutions to eliminate barriers to treatment and recovery for justice involved individuals. Learn how to use peers in forensic environments to link to pathways to recovery.
  • Build capacity for faith-based communities to connect to multiple pathways to recovery including lifesaving medications while navigating racial inequities in healthcare.
  • Understand theories about the brain's reward circuit, dopamine, and substance use disorders; and the link between disparities in childhood adversity and brain structure.
  • Reduce mental health stigma and promote outcomes among African Americans through health care providers and recovery support services.
  • Master resource building in funding, advocacy, and coalitions to sustain and enhance front line services.
  • Build skills to work with youth in treatment and recovery support settings.

Our Intended Audience

All are welcome who wish to explore ways in which community-driven programming can effectively address the obvious disparities in substance use disorder faced by African Americans. If you have been wondering about how to catalyze change in your community, here is your opportunity to learn.

About the Summit

Boots on the Ground will, through a Black Community lens, explore the power of innovative, community-based approaches to help people with opioid use disorder. The summit will showcase community programs from across the country, each designed to counteract the stigma and racial disparities that so often keep members of communities of color from receiving equitable access to substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction and recovery services. Speakers will share the stories of their programs, highlighting factors that both enable and challenge their program successes, including funding, partners, and evaluation. Facilitated panel and breakout sessions will provide for additional insights and synthesis.

We believe the stories shared and the learnings that emerge from this summit will be valuable to communities dedicated to helping their members who are living with addiction/opioid use disorder.