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Listening Sessions and Strategic Discussion Series: Emerging Issues Around COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health for the Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Resources

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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network facilitated a national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity in April and May 2020 for the substance use (SU) prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces focused on emerging issues around social determinants of health (SDH) and COVID-19. This was in response to the differential impact of the pandemic in underserved communities and/or communities of color. The goal of the series is to engage diverse community voices and create space and structure to hear from these communities about the following issues:

  • How has COVID-19 further highlighted racial and ethnic disparities?
  • What are the impact on the communities and those with substance use disorder?
  • What is the impact on the SU prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces?
  • What strategies and resources are needed to mitigate these impacts?

Through an initial listening session to frame the ongoing and emerging issues and subsequent strategic discussions to engage key communities, the intent is to gather strategies and resources to identify emerging best practices that can support underserved and/or communities of color. By no means is this to undermine the need for structural changes to address the intersecting and cumulative impacts of social determinants of health, but rather to recognize this complex issue requires multi-level approaches and communities are developing culturally responsive strategies and resources to mitigate these impacts. Each session includes a report with notes, core themes, strategies, and resources.

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