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Chicago Street Outreach and Linkage to OUD Care During a Pandemic

A case example of collaboration and innovation to reach vulnerable populations with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) during COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals who use opioids may be at high risk for withdrawal and/or overdose because of lack of income, disrupted drug markets, limited access to harm reduction services, and even more limited access to treatment services. This webinar will review the changes in regulation around buprenorphine initiation during this national emergency, the loosening of telehealth requirements, and provide a case example of how one street outreach team has partnered with a community-based clinic to allow individuals who are experiencing homelessness to receive access to buprenorphine treatment during the national emergency.



Headshot of Elizabeth Salisbury


Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (CARES) at the American Institute for Research, a nonprofit social and behavioral sciences research organization.  Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public health and addiction medicine and her expertise lies at the intersection of these fields.  She practices at Heartland Alliance Health, a healthcare for the homeless provider in Chicago, and provides primary care and addiction treatment services.


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Nicole Gastala, MD is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at the University of Iowa in Family Medicine. She is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine. She is currently the Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction at University of Illinois Hospitals and Health Science System, Mile Square Health Center in Chicago, IL. Interests include treating whole families with a special focus on preventative health care, group visits, and medications for opioid use disorder.


Headshot of Sarah Messmer


Sarah Messmer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and works in both inpatient and primary care settings at the University of Illinois.  She provides primary care and addiction services at a clinic co-located with a syringe exchange run by the Community Outreach Intervention Project on the west side of Chicago.



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Stephan Koruba is the full-time Family Nurse Practitioner for The Night Ministry’s Street Medicine Team in Chicago, IL.  The team provides human connection, acute/bridge medical care, case management and harm reduction services to Chicago’s rough sleepers 7 days/week.



Intended Audience: SUD treatment; recovery support; mental health; social work; prevention; government & community

Starts: May. 18, 2020 11:00 am
Ends: May. 18, 2020 12:00 pm
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