Recovery is Health
Recovery is Health, Health is Recovery
Lunch & Learn Series
A person who has their health has a thousand dreams, but a person without health only has one.
-- Indian Proverb
September is National Recovery Month which celebrates those in Recovery from substance use disorders and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for those in need. In addition, Recovery Month also provides an opportunity to spread awareness and education to the community.
Throughout the month of September 2022, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare in partnership with Recovery Idaho, Idaho Harm Reduction Project, and the Northwest ATTC hosted a series of online webinars titled “Recovery is Health, Health is Recovery." During this series, experts discussed a range of topics relating to transmissible disease, treatment and precautionary measures, as well as harm reduction practices.
Part 1: Overdose Awareness, Prevention, and Response and the RxAware Program
September 7, 2022
Presenters: Evan Burke (Idaho Harm Reduction Project) and Norma Jaeger (Recovery Idaho)
In this session, Evan Burke will offer a brief overview of the data on opioid overdose in Idaho and the response to it by government and community-based organizations. Burke will also cover how to recognize and respond to an overdose and provide guidance about harm reduction informed practices. Norma Jaeger will talk about the RxAware Program, which will address risks associated with opioids and pain management. Read more about this session and its presenters.
Part 2: HIV
September 8, 2022
Presenter: Marcial Angula, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
In this session, Marcial Angula will provide an in-depth discussion on Idaho’s initiatives for preventing HIV transmission. Read more about this session and its presenter.
Part 3: Viral Hepatitis
September 14, 2022
Presenter: DaNae Schoenborn, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
In this session, DaNae Schoenborn will raise awareness about viral hepatitis, reduce the stigma surrounding hepatitis, educate about prevention efforts, and hopefully inspire community members to continue the conversation. Read more about this session and its presenter.
Part 4: Smoking Cessation
September 15, 2022
Presenter: Cas Adams, Project Filter
In this session, Cas Adams will teach participants about the intersection between nicotine addiction and other behavioral health conditions, resources available to people trying to quit smoking, and how behavioral health professionals can support their clients address their nicotine addiction and reduce client’s exposure to secondhand smoke. Read more about this session and its presenter.
Part 5: Sexual Health & Recovery: Sexually Transmitted Infections
September 21, 2022
Presenter: Lindsay Haskell, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
In this session, Lindsay Haskell will provide an overview of basic sexual health concepts for individuals and providers, discuss other sexually transmitted infections, and dive into other infectious diseases that can be transmitted through intimate contact, like Monkeypox, Shigella, and Meningococcal disease. Read more about this session and its presenter.
Part 6: Harm Reduction
September 22, 2022
Presenter: Evan Burke, Idaho Harm Reduction Project
In this session, Evan Burke will provide an overview of harm reduction informed practices that can be incorporated into an individual’s drug use to reduce their risk of overdose. Read more about this session and its presenter.