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Dartmouth College

AXL: Advanced Opioid Use Disorder X-waiver Team Learning Collaborative - Health Disparities & Partner Agencies

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, AXL: Advanced Opioid Use Disorder X-waiver Team Learning Collaborative - Health Disparities & Partner Agencies, 9/1/2021 8:00:00 AM - 9/1/2024 9:00:00 AM, This session will:
• Review health disparities related to social inequities at the intersection of Substance Use Disorder and: race, gender, sexual orientation, culture/migration history, Socio-economic status, and criminal record;
• Provide an overview of services provided by:
Chittenden Community Action, Vermont Foundation of Recovery (recovery housing), Vermont Legal Aid, and Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation.

Panel discussion of:
• Factors perpetrating these health disparities;
• Strategies for helping people affected by health disparities and underlying discrimination;
• Role of MAT care coordination in addressing disparities.

Activity Details
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• Rebecca Plummer is an attorney at Vermont Legal Aid who has worked extensively in housing discrimination and mental health law, and is currently engaged in a medical-legal partnership with Central Vermont Addiction Medicine, a MAT program in Central Vermont.

• Andrew Gonyea is a native of Bellows Falls, a Vermont Foundation of Recovery co-founder, and the Director of Operations. He is also a person in recovery since May 24, 2003. Andrew’s life has been shaped largely by his experience as an inmate with the Vermont Department of Corrections from 2005-2008. Andrew was able to turn a period of incarceration into a truly positive, life-changing experience. While incarcerated, Andrew stayed sober, received an education, and through many months of soul-searching, determined that he would commit his life to providing people in recovery with safe and sober places to live. Since, his release in 2008, Andrew has done just that, managing sober houses throughout Northern Vermont and he is excited to commit his life to developing a vibrant network of Recovery Homes.

• J. Paul Coats, MA has been a Vocational Counselor at Vocational Rehabilitation for fourteen years and worked for Probation and Parole for seven years prior to that. He has also worked as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and a social worker for the State of Vermont.

• Paul Dragon, Ed.D is the executive director Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked at the Vermont Agency of Human Services in several roles, including the Deputy Secretary for the Agency and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. As the Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Burlington, he led the development of the Safe Harbor Clinic and the Pearl Street Clinic.

• Jennifer Pelletier, LADC, LCMHC is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor at Gifford Health Care whose background is working with patients participating in medication assisted treatment.

Learning Outcome(s)
Participants will be able to identify at least three evidence-based strategies that are designed to enhance the clinical team-based care of patients with substance or opioid use disorders treatment.

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**. 

* A “financial relationship" includes employee, researcher (named as the PI), consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and/or an ownership interest (not including stocks owned in a managed portfolio).

** An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Bibliographic Resources
For questions please contact:
• Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
Phone: (802) 862-2771 or (800)-287-797

• Gifford Health Care, Addiction Medicine
(802) 728-7000

• Vermont Foundation of Recovery
Phone: (802) 735 -4340

• Vermont Legal Aid
Phone: (800) 889-2047


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