Boots on the Ground Virtual Conference
Community-based programming to reduce stigma and racial disparities in access to opioid use disorder services
The Twin Cities Recovery Project, Inc.
The Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, University of Minnesota Medical School
Boots on the Ground will explore, through a Black community lens, the power of innovative, community-based approaches to help people with opioid use disorder. The conference will showcase community programs from across the country, each designed to counteract the stigma and racial disparities that so often keep members of
communities of color from receiving equitable access to substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction and recovery services. Speakers will share the stories of their programs, highlighting factors that both enable and challenge their program successes, including funding, partners, and evaluation. Facilitated panel and breakout sessions will provide for additional insights and synthesis.
We believe the stories shared and the learnings that emerge from this conference will be valuable to communities dedicated to helping their members who are living with addiction/opioid use disorder.
All are welcome who wish to explore ways in which community-driven programming can effectively address the obvious disparities in substance use disorder faced by African Americans. If you have been wondering about how to catalyze change in your community, here is your opportunity to learn.