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.

May 10, 2024

8:30 AM – 4:40 PM CST

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  • Identify clinical and peer provider solutions to eliminate barriers for justice involved individuals
  • Build capacity for faith-based communities to connect with 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
  • Recognize the link between childhood adversity and brain structure
  • Reduce mental health stigma among health care providers
  • Understand the intersection of recovery and opioid harm reduction strategies
  • Master resource building in funding, advocacy, and coalitions to sustain and enhance frontline services
  • Explore how to work with youth in various settings

Continuing Education Credits Available for Attendees through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry*

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.

*In support of improving patient care, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI085588 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.

Disclosure to Learners:

In accordance with the disclosure policy of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, as well as standards set forth by JAC policies and guidelines and the ACCME, the JAC expects accredited providers to present learners with unbiased, independent, and objective information in all of their activities. Accredited providers must be in compliance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Therefore, Member(s), Author(s), Reviewer(s), and all others involved in the planning or content development of this activity must disclose all financial relationships within the past 24 months. These disclosures have been reviewed and all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The following individuals have relevant financial relationships to disclose: None

All others involved in the planning and presentation of this activity have no relevant financial relationships.

All speakers have been advised that any recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in the presentation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Commercial Support/Sponsorship:
There is no commercial support for this training.