August 13 – 19 is National Health Center Week, celebrating the work done by health centers in communities across the country.
The Global Academy from Harvard Medical School has launched the online Opioid Use Disorder Education Program, featuring expert instructors Colleen LaBelle and Kristin Wason from OBAT TTA. The free, self-paced program offers a total of 24 hours of education for healthcare professionals so that they can better understand, identify, and treat opioid use disorder (OUD).
Learn more about the program and sign up for the free web-based courses here.
Scott Hadland, MD, physician at Boston Medical Center, discusses the findings of his just-published study showing that only a minority of 13- to 25-year-olds with an opioid use disorder are prescribed a medication to treat their addiction. “If you have a child struggling with opioid addiction,” he says, “understand that there are medications that support and sustain recovery.”
Despite its proven effectiveness, not enough doctors are prescribing buprenorphine for opioid addiction, and not enough patients can access this treatment option. Karsten Lunze, MD, of Boston University, and Alicia Ventura of Boston Medical Center OBAT talk about why in this article from Tonic.
CATALYST Program Director and Project ECHO Hub expert Sarah Bagley, MD, talks to the Boston Globe about treating adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders at Boston Medical Center’s CATALYST youth clinic. “Our clinic offers wrap-around care that includes treating the issues that go beyond addiction,” she says. Read the full story here.
The BMC OBAT team hosted this first-annual Massachusetts-wide OBAT conference May 25 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood. In attendance were 116 providers and administrators engaged in OBAT at 38 community health centers and hospitals across the state. Break-out sessions were organized by region to encourage local collaboration. The sessions addressed cutting-edge research findings on topics including: caring for substance-exposed newborns, opioid use disorder and pain management, and treating adolescents and young adults.
Alicia Ventura, Director of Operations and Special Projects, OBAT, talks stigma.
Colleen will assume this role and receive the 2017 Betty Ford Award at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. this November. This award is presented to an individual who has had a significant impact on the field of addiction, particularly with regards to women’s issues, education and recovery. Learn more.