Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

Injection Drug Use Part 2: Non-communicable Infections

December 9, 2021
12:00 pm–1:30 pm ET

This training will review strategies to reduce non-communicable infectious diseases in patients that use injection drugs. Safer injection technique, equipment needed for safe injection, and strategies to reduce skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) will be reviewed. Additional education will be provided about basics of wound and abscess care for patients to prevent worsening SSTIs.

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Virtual meeting

Via Zoom

Description

The Harm Reduction Series is designed to provide caregivers and providers with information on best practices for caring for individuals who are actively using substances. The education series will teach ways to expand the treatment continuum to include engaging and keeping people safe when they are actively using substances including alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and tobacco. The series is designed for a broad range of audiences and each module will be presented with an expert from the community to provide insight regarding strategies for engagement and implementation.

This training will review strategies to reduce non-communicable infectious diseases in patients that use injection drugs. Safer injection technique, equipment needed for safe injection, and strategies to reduce skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) will be reviewed. Additional education will be provided about the basics of wound and abscess care for patients to prevent worsening SSTIs.

Intended audience

The entire multidisciplinary team providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting as well as anyone in a clinical or non-clinical position that is interested in learning about harm reduction.

Guest Speaker

Raagini Jawa, MD, MPH

Speakers

Raagini Jawa, MD, MPH

Dr. Jawa is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and an addiction expert at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Jawa’s research interests focus on the intersection of Infectious Disease and addiction including enhancing and integrating harm reduction services for individuals with substance use disorders, implementing behavioral interventions to prevent skin and soft tissue infections among people who inject drugs, integrating overdose prevention and HIV prevention services within medical systems. Clinically, she provides HIV primary care and office based addiction treatment in the Center for Infectious Disease at Boston Medical Center, and attends on the Addiction Consult Service at Boston Medical Center.

Objectives

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Accreditation information

Boston Medical Center grants 1.50 hours to all RNS who attend and complete the evaluation. Boston Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing professional development by the American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Boston University School of Social Work which is authorized through the MA state board of Social Work to provide 1.50 CE Credit Hours.

Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA) grants 1.50 LMHC CE Credits to LMHCs that attend this activity.

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OBAT TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for OBAT TTA is provided by:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation

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