Health Disparities and Health Equity



The New England ATTC has maintained a major focus on health disparities and health equity through an array of training and TA offerings, participation in national workgroups, dissemination of blogs, and recently, a strategic discussion session with regional stakeholders at our Advisory Board Meeting.


First, our ATTC continues to offer multiple training and TA events on this topic regionally. Recent events include a Cultural Humility and Cultural Intelligence Workshop and a training titled Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health: Understanding Disparities and Building Health Equity from a Social Justice Perspective during the COVID-19 Healthcare Crisis. We are currently working with the Connecticut SSA Office  to convert the Cultural Intelligence and Cultural Humility Workshop into a self-paced course for providers throughout the state. In partnership with the New England ADA Center, we also offered a two-part training series titled New England ADA, Addiction, Recovery and Employment Workshop during COVID-19 Part 1 and Part 2.


Second, we are active in the ATTC National Health Equity Workgroup, which Haner Hernandez, our health equity expert, continues to co-chair. Reflecting his leadership within the network, Haner recently served as a presenter in the National Coordinating Office’s Listening Session and Strategic Discussion Series: Emerging Issues around COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health. Specifically, he was an expert panelist in Strategic Discussion 2: Strategies to Support the LatinX Community.


Third, the New England ATTC wrote two entries for the ATTC/NIAT Service Improvement Blog focused on promoting health equity, and the intersection of serious issues related to overdose risk, COVID-19, and health disparities. These blogs can be viewed here and here.


Finally, the New England ATTC recently convened an Advisory Board Meeting to bring together regional stakeholders on September 17, 2020 with a focus on “The Syndemic of COVID-19, Overdose and Health Disparities,” during which three New England ATTC expert trainers/affiliates presented on their ongoing training and technical assistance with Indigenous communities, Black communities, and Hispanic/Latinx communities. This meeting, which emphasized a need for concrete tools to assess cultural and linguistic competence, will help inform our work in this vital area moving forward.