The COVID-19 pandemic and recent events have magnified the existing racial and ethnic disparities in our healthcare systems, including in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. While our understanding of and ability to treat OUD has progressed over the past decade, the benefits of this shift have not been made equally available to all who need it. Black Americans are much less likely than their white counterparts to receive treatment for their opioid use disorder, even though both groups are affected at similar rates, and in 2016, fatal opioid overdoses among Black Americans were nearly double that of the general population. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to further exacerbate these disparities.
Please join us on Thursday, July 16th at 3pm EST as we welcome…
• Helena Hansen, MD, PhD - Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry, New York University
• Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
• Morgan Medlock, MD, MDiv, MPH - Chief Medical Officer and Director of Emergency Services, District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health
… as they lead a discussion on racial and ethnic disparities in accessing evidence-based OUD treatment, the impact of the pandemic, and potential solutions towards a more equitable system of care. An open Q&A session will follow the presentation.
The recording of this webinar, as well as the presentation slides, will be posted on FORE's website and Youtube channel as soon as possible following the session. We will also be posting an FAQ with the most pressing questions asked on the Resources page of our website, www.ForeFdn.org.
Note: Due to high-usage of Zoom at the moment, please select computer audio.