Date: April 18, 2019 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Training materials can be found at the bottom of this page.
This full-day workshop entitled “From Theory to Practice to Action: Developing a Community-Trauma Informed Approach to Addressing the Opioid Epidemic” is designed to build capacity and interest in applying “upstream” prevention approaches to addressing substance use and addiction as a complement to the more “downstream” approaches to treat addiction and prevent overdose death. A core element of this emerging approach is based on recognizing and addressing the role of widespread individual and community trauma and the need for solutions that build protective factors and agency within communities while supporting long-term treatment and recovery for those experiencing substance use disorders. Participants will explore how a primary prevention approach that considers community determinants of health can be applied to address and mitigate the exposures, behaviors, and high levels of hopelessness that are drivers of the opioid crisis. Further, it will examine how primary prevention strategies complement opioid treatment and long-term recovery interventions to address stigma and support those in need while also strengthening collective efforts to prevent opioid misuse and addiction in the first place. While the focus will be on opioids, the workshop will advance a broader acknowledgement of the factors fueling a larger American epidemic of addiction, recognizing that poly-drug use and misuse are characteristic of emerging “diseases of despair” (suicide, drug addiction, and alcoholism) and comprehensive primary prevention offers benefits to address many chronic health conditions, including substance misuse.
The workshop will include interactive activities, using specific PI tools including 2 Steps to Prevention and THRIVE to support participants in considering the exposures and behaviors that have contributed to the rising rates of opioid misuse, addiction and overdose deaths and will offer a lens for how community-level prevention strategies that address the social, physical and economic environment of communities can benefit everyone and is a necessary complement to solutions that prioritize treatment and recovery services along with overdose reversal.
PI’s Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience framework will be introduced as a lens to understand community trauma, focusing on its application as a tool for planning and prevention in addressing the opioid epidemic in Ohio. THRIVE will also be shared as a tool to support participants in facilitating and engaging community members and partners in assessing community determinants of health driving the epidemic,
prioritizing them, and taking action to change them to reduce and prevent opioid misuse, addiction and overdose deaths.
Participants will be able to:
1) Describe the impact of social and community determinants of the opioid epidemic.
2) Make a case for why addressing social and community determinants is important to preventing and addressing substance use and addiction.
3) Use Prevention Institute’s THRIVE framework to identify social determinants that are impacting substance use disorder.
4) Share effective practices for engaging partners and building buy-in for a primary prevention approach to addressing substance use disorder.
5) Identify and prioritize primary prevention strategies into their sustainability plans.
About the Trainers and the Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute is a nonprofit, national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Prevention Institute’s approach fosters knowledge about the critical elements of prevention, including the value of going beyond one-on-one approaches, the need for non-traditional partners, the promise of shifting norms, and an emphasis on organizational and systems change to have the broadest and most sustainable impact. Prevention Institute continues to support communities, both nationally and locally with our tools and frameworks to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive prevention initiatives with effective multi-sector partnerships and coalitions
Funding in whole or in part for this event was provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services with funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
An application for continuing education credit has been submitted to the NCSAPPB.