AIR CARES Webinar Series: Social Determinants of Addiction

The 4Ps—People, Policy, Programs, and Practice

Register for the upcoming webinar on May 24, 2022, The Criminal Legal System as a Social Determinant of Addiction.

The AIR Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES) is offering a webinar series featuring experts in the addiction field and focusing on specific social determinants of health and their relationship to substance use disorder and overdose.

Each webinar in the series highlights perspectives from experts in policy, practice, programs, and people to support a more holistic response to the overdose epidemic and to examine the interactions between social structures and the people they are designed to support.
 

Webinars

Social Determinant of Addiction 101


Healthcare Access and Quality as a Social Determinant of Addiction


Employment as a Social Determinant of Addiction


The Criminal Legal System as a Social Determinant of Addiction


Prevention, Education, and Social Support as a Social Determinant of Addiction


Year in Review and Looking Ahead

Social Determinants of Addiction 101 (Webinar 1)

Social Determinants of Addiction 101 provided an overview of the series, beginning with a focus on how the social determinants of health are related to addiction. Our panelists reviewed the key policies that play a role in the field of addiction, discussed the importance of centering the needs of people who use drugs, and provided results from research connecting the social determinants of health to overdose.

Event Summary and Recording

Social Determinants of Addiction 101 Event Summary (PDF)


The webinar was moderated by AIR CARES Director Amanda Latimore, and the panelists were:

  • Regina LaBelle, J.D.
    Director, Addiction & Public Policy Initiative Distinguished Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Anthony Salandy, Ph.D., M.Sc.
    Managing Director of Programs, Interim Executive Director National Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D., M.P.H.
    Associate Professor The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
     

Healthcare Access and Quality as a Social Determinant of Addiction (Webinar 2)

This webinar focused on policy efforts to improve healthcare access and treatment for substance use disorder, the lived experience of barriers to treatment, and racial equity in addiction treatment. Panelists discussed harm reduction as treatment, sourcing sustainable harm reduction services, and healthcare financing for harm reduction organizations.

Event Summary and Recording

Healthcare Access and Quality as a Social Determinant of Addiction Event Summary (PDF)
BIG IDEAS–The Social Determinants of Addiction: Policies to Address Health Care Access and Quality (Policy Brief) (PDF)


The webinar was developed with the help of AIR staff Maliha Ali, Sarah Mossburg, and Susan Heil and moderated by AIR CARES Director Amanda Latimore. The panelists were:

  • Shelly Weizman, J.D.
    Associate Director, Addiction and Public Policy Initiative O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
    Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ayana Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, NYU Langone Health, Department of Psychiatry
    Pillar Lead for Community Engagement, Institute for Excellence in Health Equity, NYU Langone Health, Department of Population Health
  • Hiawatha Collins
    Community and Capacity Building Manager National Harm Reduction Coalition
    Co-director, Peer Network of New York
  • Tracy Pugh, M.H.S.
    Senior Technical Advisor Overdose Prevention Program, Vital Strategies
     

Employment as a Social Determinant of Addiction (Webinar 3)

This webinar focused on efforts to provide workplace accommodations for those with substance use disorder and best practices for retaining valuable employees irrespective of their drug use. Panelists represented employee and employer perspectives and shared practical solutions for how employers can create spaces that are conducive to individuals with substance use disorder.

Event Summary and Recording

Employment as a Social Determinant of Addiction Event Summary (PDF)
Policy brief to come, late May 2022.

 

The webinar was developed with the help of AIR staff GeMar Neloms and Lori Collins and moderated by AIR CARES Director Amanda Latimore. The panelists were:

  • James Potts, M.Sc.
    Senior Consultant, Cognitive/Neurological Team
    Job Accommodations Network
  • Joy Rucker
    Harm Reduction Consultant
     

The Criminal Legal System as a Social Determinant of Addiction (Webinar 4)

This webinar focused on effective drug policy, the collateral consequences of punitive criminal legal approaches for people who use drugs, strategies to assist returning citizens, and the approach that one state is taking to reverse the harms of the war on drugs and restore communities.

Event Summary and Recording

Employment as a Social Determinant of Addiction Event Summary (PDF)
BIG IDEAS–The Social Determinants of Addiction: The Criminal Legal System (Policy Brief) (PDF)
Reflections on Disenfranchisement: Voting Rights in 2022 by Adam Troy (PDF)


The webinar was was developed with the help of AIR staff Kelly King and moderated by AIR CARES Director Amanda Latimore. The panelists were:

  • Scott Burris, J.D.
    Professor of Law, Director of Center for Public Health
    Temple University
  • Antoin Quarles
    Founder
    Helping Oppressed People Excel (HOPE)
  • Alejandro Raygoza, M.A.
    Grant Specialist and Program Lead
    California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Contact
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Director, Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES)