SDH and COVID Discussion Series
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network facilitated a national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity between 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 is 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 below includes a report with notes, core themes, strategies, and resources.
Listening Session 1: How COVID-19 is differentially impacting SU prevention, treatment and recovery in communities of color and/or underserved communities: How can we address this?
Presented live on April 22, 2020. Documented notes, resources, and facilitator bios from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Strategic Discussion 1: Health Disparities and the Impact on COVID-19 on the African-American and Black Community.
Presented live on April 28, 2020. Documented notes, resources, panelist bios, presentation slides, and recording from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Strategic Discussion 2: Strategies to Support the LatinX Community.
Presented live on April 30, 2020. Documented notes, resources, panelist bios, presentation slides, and recording from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Strategic Discussion 3: American-Indian/Alaska Native Communities: Trauma-Responsive Approaches to Support the Communities.
Presented live on May 5, 2020. Documented notes, resources, panelist bios, presentation slides, and recording from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Strategic Discussion 4: Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities and Addressing Stigma.
Presented live on May 7, 2020. Documented notes, resources, panelist bios, presentation slides, and recording from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Strategic Discussion 5 (Wrap-Up Session): Racial equity and health disparities in the age of COVID-19: What new strategies are needed?
Presented live on May 12, 2020. Documented notes, resources, panelist bios, presentation slides, and recording from the session can be downloaded through the links below.
Continuing the Conversation Sessions
July 30, 2020
On Thursday, July 30, from 2-3 pm Eastern Time, we held another discussion on how to lead and engage in critical conversations around racial equity. The session was not recorded to allow for a safer discussion space.
September 22, 2020
This final session "An Ecological Snapshot of Racial Inequity: How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go TOGETHER" was held on September 22. This 60-minute presentation was followed by 30-minutes of Q & A by Mr. Albert Thompson. Mr. Thompson, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, is a history professor at Howard University and is completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the New Deal State, race, and the development of postwar American Identity. You can read his full bio here and access the presentation slides here.
Please visit our other webpages on COVID-19 pandemic response and building health equity by both the ATTC & PTTC Networks for helpful resources related to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery:
- ATTC Pandemic Response Resources
- PTTC Pandemic Response Resources
- ATTC Building Health Equity & Inclusion
- PTTC Building Health Equity & Inclusion
DISCLAIMER: Information exchanged and views expressed during these virtual sessions reflect the professionals' conducting the session best understanding of the culturally appropriate, evidence-based and promising practices and should not be seen as directives. We encourage all participants to reflect on the context discussed during the learning series and to take that information to colleagues and/or supervisors for further discussion especially in the context of state rules or regulations. Any content related to Privacy and Security and 42 CFR Part 2 presented during these sessions should not be construed as legal advice and participants are directed to discuss recommendations with their agency’s legal counsel.
Last Updated September 24, 2020