Since the onset of the opiate crisis, the United States has reached the highest rates ever reported in its history. Initially, it appeared this epidemic was only impacting Caucasians however more recent research has shown that this crisis is in fact impacting black communities more than any other ethnic group. Many communities of color are already disproportionately impacted by a range of health disparities and the addition of an opioid dependence increases these risks. The physical mental and emotional wellbeing of these communities are impacted and layered with a lack of social and economic opportunities. This webinar will examine the opiate crisis from a different cultural perspective and will discuss culturally appropriate strategies and practices when working with communities of color.
· Participants will discuss the current research on opioid addiction and communities of color
· Participants will explore the value of working from a data driven perspective and discover strategies for gathering culturally relevant population data.
· Participants will discuss and develop a culturally inclusive plan that represents the populations in which they serve
· Participants will identify key culturally specific strategies, practices and methods to implement a culturally relevant plan for implementation
This training is designed for Substance Abuse Block Grant Prevention Staff and other community-based professionals striving to increase their skills and cultural competence.
The event is intended to serve the professional needs of moderately experienced professionals or anyone interested in improving their ability to work with diverse populations.
Dr. Dawn Marie Thomas, TTJ Group Associate
Dawn more than 25 years of public service that has focused on prevention, training, mental health and other social services programming for adults as well as students. She is highly experienced in event planning, program development, coordination and implementation as well as fostering and promoting close working relationships between state, county and local social service systems/agencies.
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.