ACROSS COLUMBIA: A Race Against Time to Curb Overdose Deaths, with Nabila El-Bassel
- Alumni Relations
FREE AND OPEN TO COLUMBIA ALUMNI | ONLINE ONLY (VIA ZOOM) | REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work
About the Event
With a history-making NIH grant, a Columbia-based team leads New York State’s efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths within an ambitious timeframe. Led by University Professor Nabila El-Bassel, the team received $86 million—one of the largest grants in Columbia’s history—to conduct a study that would curb by 40 percent the rate of overdose deaths in 16 of New York State’s hardest-hit counties, in just four years. The Communities That HEAL Study unites a multidisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, academics, governmental partners, community organizations, and individuals to meet the ambitious life-saving goal. In this presentation for Across Columbia, El-Bassel will update us on the study’s progress during COVID. She will also delve into methodology and share her thinking into how the model the team is developing can be applied to other interventions.
Dr. El-Bassel is director of the Social Intervention Group, which was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary center focused on developing and testing prevention and intervention approaches for HIV, drug use, and gender–based violence, and disseminating them to local, national, and global communities. Her work has been funded extensively by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health. She provides significant national and international leadership to the global HIV and health agenda.
From webinars to virtual tours to networking, alumni and faculty from across the University have organized a week of special programming to share with alumni of all Columbia schools. Speakers will explore public health, global policy, social justice, the arts, and more. Join your fellow Columbians April 8–14 for the opportunity to learn from and share with each other. Learn more at Across Columbia.