Virtual Peer-Learning Office Hours are a series of online technical assistance sessions in which participants can engage in facilitated discussions on various integrated behavioral health topics. Most peer-learning sessions will feature subject-matter experts from selected health centers, who will highlight a successful project or initiative and share best practices based on their experience. During these interactive sessions, participants will learn about topics such as:

  • Addressing workforce burnout and retention
  • Adolescent depression screening
  • Outreach and engagement with the community, including health resources to address social determinants of health
  • Transgender health care considerations
  • Effective tele-behavioral health approaches

Sessions are generally held monthly and are 1 hour in length. Each session features a brief presentation followed by a facilitated discussion. These sessions are designed to provide health centers opportunities to learn from one another and to collaboratively troubleshoot issues in specific areas within integrated care. Presenters will also be available to provide more customized support in a follow-up drop-in session for participants with specific needs, questions, and concerns.

Participants may earn up to 1 CE for each session they attend.

Addressing Stigma Toward Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

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Stigma related to addiction is prevalent within a healthcare setting. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2014) noted that stigma and the perception of stigma is a significant reason that individuals do not seek behavioral health care services. A recent study in the Harm Reduction Journal cited that over 75% of participants reported at least one instance of stigma related to health care system engagement and that 60% anticipate experiencing stigma in their health care setting.(1) While medical science has demonstrated that substance use disorders are indeed a disease, people with substance use disorders are most often blamed for their condition. Many people do not disclose their use of drugs and alcohol due to the stigma surrounding it, therefore influencing both physical health and behavioral health treatment and treatment outcomes. In this office hours presentation, we will present the different types of stigmas and discuss strategies to reduce stigma to improve substance use disorder treatment outcomes.

Presenters: R. Lyle Cooper, PhD, LCSW

R. Lyle Cooper, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at Meharry Medical College, Department of Family and Community Medicine in Nashville, TN. Meharry is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers. He has presented on increasing engagement and reducing disparities for MAT for a variety of HRSA grantees.  

Dr. Cooper has spent his entire career working with patients challenged by substance use disorder (SUD), starting as an outreach worker identifying drug users that were at risk for HIV and linking them to treatment and prevention services. He has managed several SUD treatment and harm reduction programs, including integrated substance abuse and HIV treatment facilities and syringe service programs. As a researcher and educator, he is focused on developing substance use interventions that can be delivered through integrated primary care settings. His Ph.D. in Social Work is from the University of Louisville. 

Earn 1.0 continuing education credit for attending this session.

1: Muncan, B., Walters, S. M., Ezell, J., & Ompad, D. C. (2020). “They look at us like junkies”: Influences of drug use stigma on the healthcare engagement of people who inject drugs in New York City. Harm Reduction Journal, 17(1).