HEALing Communities Study: Progress and Impact
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | ONLINE VIA ZOOM | REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Redonna Chandler, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dean Melissa Begg and University Professor Nabila El-Bassel
Scientists from the nation’s leading health agencies and four major academic institutions have partnered with 67 heavily impacted communities in four states (Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio) to test a set of interventions to combat the opioid crisis. The ambitious HEALing Communities Study has aimed to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over 3 years in participating communities.
In this talk, the study’s Program Director Redonna Chandler will discuss the progress and impact of this groundbreaking and community-driven approach, including the expansion of access to evidence-based strategies, the improvement of data availability and timeliness, the reduction of stigma through public health communication campaigns, and modification of relevant policies to create a significant decrease in fatal opioid overdoses.