New England Innovations and Best Practices in Reducing Opioid Related Harm

According to CDC[1], more than 5,000 individuals died from opioid overdose deaths in New England last year. Providers addressing the resurging opioid epidemic know it takes a village to solve this public health challenge. Working together, we can support individuals living with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and prevent overdose deaths. Collaboration between healthcare providers and community based organizations is fundamental to tackling this problem and promoting meaningful recovery and healing in the communities we serve.

Upon attending this series, participants will be able to:

  1. Uncover care coordination challenges.
  2. Learn about innovative solutions that are being implemented.  
  3. Understand the collaborative partnerships being built across New England.

Focus areas follow the HHS Overdose Framework:

Harm Reduction, Primary Prevention, Evidence Based-Treatment and Recovery Support

Session InformationRegistration/Dates
Harm Reduction: Making a Difference through Implementation in Practice
Join us to learn about promising practices from Berkshire Health, Vermont CARES and the NH Harm Reduction program. We welcome you to share about your efforts too!  

Upon attending this session, participants will be able to:
1.       Define and understand the practice and key principles of harm reduction.
2.       Implement key strategies of harm reduction in your policies and practice.
3.       Increase knowledge of harm reduction tools and resources to better support your patients and community.
April 27, 11-12pm

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Universal Precautions in Pain Management: A Person-Centered Approach to Preventing Opioid Misuse
Join Healthcentric Advisors’ Dr. Rebekah Gardner and Marghie Guiliano as well as Jenn McCarthy, LCPC, New England Rural Health Association, to explore validated assessment tools, consider the new CDC prescribing guidelines, discuss complementary therapies, and explore tools and resources that will help your team support your patients and community.
Upon attending this session, participants will be able to:
1.       Implement evidence-based assessments of patient physical and behavioral needs.
2.       Describe a holistic treatment plan.
3.       Access tools and resources to better support patients and the community.
May 18, 11-12 pm

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