Community Mobilization in Response to Substance Use Related Epidemics Conference

September 26, 2017 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

This two day conference highlighted how communities can develop community-based, culturally-competent care to address the issues of substance use and related epidemics such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The conference emphasized the impact of law, health policy, politics, and stigma on the social determinants of the opioid epidemic and its outcomes, especially as they relate to vulnerable populations. During this event, Canadian colleagues who have developed innovative care solutions for substance use and related epidemics shared their perspectives and strategies.

Speakers and small group facilitators from the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Saskatchewan, Big River First Nations community, Ahtahkakoop First Nations community, the Virginia Department of Health, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness, Region 10, and the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition hosted discussions on this important and timely topic.