Learning Opportunities: Ending the Opioid Epidemic, Combating Substance Abuse Stigma, Rural Mental Health

December kicks off a season of plentiful professional development. This week, the PHLN is highlighting several live learning opportunities.


From Region III – Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center

Ending the Opioid Epidemic: Strategies for Success

Live webinar February 4: This interactive webinar series has been designed to introduce diverse strategies for success in ending the opioid epidemic. Participants will hear from legal, social, medical, and community intervention experts in a strategy-gathering information exchange. The webinars will be an hour in length and will include Q&A as well as audience interaction via polling.

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From Region IV- Region IV Public Health Training Center

The Stigma of Addiction

Live webinar January 27: This webinar will explore the role of stigma and how it interacts with the disease of addiction. Addiction is a chronic medical condition characterized by relapses and remissions that is often misunderstood, unrecognized and seldom appropriately treated. We shall examine stigma from three perspectives. First at the level of the individual, where the shame and guilt of addiction keeps the person suffering from a substance use disorder from self-identifying as in need of treatment and appropriately accessing resources. Second, at the level of the family and friends, stigma can prevent advocating for their loved ones as well as keeps the patient in the shadows. And finally at the level of the society stigma may lead to failure in effective treatment policy, denial of services, discrimination and marginalization of our patients.

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From Region X – Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Hot Topics — Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Rural America

Live webinar January 28: This one-hour presentation two leaders from Idaho review why local public health agencies should be involved in mental and behavioral health issues and the role they can play in rural suicide prevention.

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