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Announcing: NNED Virtual Roundtable on the Impacts of Opioids in Diverse Communities

Posted: April 03, 2018

On behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we invite you to participate in a Virtual Roundtable: Voices from the Field, the Impact of Opioid Addiction in Diverse Communities.  This Rountable will be convened to discuss opioid addiction and treatment in communities of colors and strategies for community-based organizations to engage in cross-systems work. 

In addition to raising awareness and increasing knowledge of participants around opioid addiction and treatment, the Roundtable dialogue will aim to draw attention to cultural considerations, persistent disparities, and the cultural divide that play a role in the opioid crisis.

Join us on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) for this Roundtable!

Register now!


Margarita Alegría, Ph.D. |  Chief of the Disparities Research Unit, Massachussetts General Hospital

Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría is currently the PI of three National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: the International Latino Research Partnership; Building Community Capacity for Disability Prevention for Minority Elders; and Mechanisms Underlying Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Disorders. She is also the co-PI of a William T. Grant Foundation project, entitled Understanding the Experience of Majority and Minority Status through Photovoice. Dr. Alegría has published over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters, on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services.

As an acknowledgement of her contributions to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. Among the many awards: the Mental Health Section Award from the American Public Health Association, 2003; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Alegría was selected as El Planeta’s (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) 2013’s Powermeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.

Shannon CrossBear  |  Change Specialist, Change Matrix LLC

Shannon CrossBear articulates her purpose as: To demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her work in the world. That work has included facilitating and consulting with the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Georgetown University, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and participating in the Surgeon Generals Conference on Children’s Mental Health. Shannon has worked with tribal and non tribal communities in creating Systems of Care and Circles of Care utilizing traditional intervention and promotion of culturally congruent and trauma informed practices. She is currently acting as a Change Agent with Change Matrix and providing support to states, tribes and territories serving early childhood, youth and young adult populations.

Ms. CrossBear is a skilled in trauma informed community engagement.  She has worked with supporting organized stakeholder voice and representation at local and national levels though various behavioral health initiatives. Ms. CrossBear has provided training and support to community participatory evaluation efforts to guide data decision making processes. She believes “The questions we ask determine the future.”  While working with families, she co-developed and co-trained families and community members in the steps of evaluation and data driven decision making models.  Empowerment evaluation, community science approaches and community participatory research are among the approaches she has utilized.

Devin Reaves, M.S.W.  |  Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition

Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007.  He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC).

The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools.

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