DPH promoting free online forum to combat opioid misuse in minority communities

The Georgia Department of Public Health is encouraging physicians to register for a free online ‘Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities’ that will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

The event is being hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity in recognition of National Minority Health Month.

The forum will address “partnerships and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and better address behavioral health in minority populations…[it will feature] a panel of public health leaders, health care professionals and community members to talk about challenges and solutions around opioid use and behavioral health, specifically those that uniquely affect minority communities.”

The organizers note that, “Attendees will receive updates of strategies and solutions for prevention, diagnosis, intervention, treatment/recovery and access to behavioral health services. Model programs and lessons learned on successful projects to combat the opioid epidemic will be highlighted as well as information on the latest resources available to support behavioral health.”  

They add that, “Attendees are encouraged to join the discussion and provide feedback on the steps that communities can take to improve behavioral health services and increase support for opioid interventions in minority communities.”

Contact Ashley Peddicord-Austin at ashley.peddicord-austin@cms.hhs.gov with questions.

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