Strategies for Addressing Health Disparities in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2022

Time: 1:00-1:30 p.m. EDT

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This webinar will briefly review how MAT fits within an integrated care model and focus on strategies to enhance access to all treatment services, including buprenorphine and naloxone along with methadone. During this webinar, participants will learn:

  • To illustrate disparities in opioid overdose and access to treatment in African American communities.
  • The barriers that contribute to health disparities among the African American and White populations.
  • Strategies to address multi-level barriers to receive care.

Presenter: Dr. Robert Lyle Cooper, PhD, MSSW

Dr. R. Lyle Cooper, PhD, MSSW, is an associate professor in Meharry Medical College’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Meharry Medical College is one of the oldest HBCU medical schools started in 1876 to meet the needs of the African American population in Nashville Tennessee. Dr. Cooper has been working at the intersection of substance use disorder and infectious disease for nearly 25 years. In his early career he was a community health outreach worker in the original NIDA indigenous street outreach worker studies. He has since served in several counselor and director roles including directing an integrated substance use disorder and HIV clinic, a syringe services program in Washington DC, and serves as the associate director of the Meharry Addiction Clinic. This clinic provides MAT services as well as primary care services to a largely homeless population in Nashville. Dr. Cooper is currently the PI on 7 federally funded grants from SAMHSA, HRSA, the NIAID and the CDC. All his study focuses on harm reduction interventions and integrated care for people who use drugs.

Earn 0.5 NBCC continuing education credit for attending this webinar.

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