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ATTC Messenger August 2023: Syndemic Solutions Summit: “No Wrong Door” for access

ATTC Messenger August 2023 Featured Article

More than 200 public health professionals – representing a diverse coalition of policy makers at all levels of government, behavioral and medical health service providers, and researchers – gathered at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, for an inaugural summit dedicated to fostering a collaborative perspective to address the issues.

The ATTC Network’s National Coordinating Office was critical in facilitating the first-ever Syndemic Solutions Summit on July 26 and 27 in Kansas City, MO. The event featured an opening keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

A syndemic approach to public health means viewing the collective impact of two or more concurrent diseases that interact to worsen the burden of disease in a population. It also means recognizing there is no wrong door by which persons affected by two or more substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and maternal morbidity/mortality find their way into treatment and recovery.

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August 8, 2023
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