Advancing Racial Equity in the Substance Use Field

The Opioid Response Network (ORN) is committed to supporting the integration of racial equity across substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction. The ORN offers workshops and training, technical assistance, and ongoing consultation and support for all your diversity and racial equity capacity building efforts. This includes requests related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics, such as addressing racial disparities and the intersection of race with social determinants of health, LGBTQ+ health, gender, gender diversity, and health disparities.

Our DEI Training Team has extensive experience in training and technical assistance around racial equity and includes:

Nicole M Augustine,
MPH, MCHES, CP

Lawrence Bryant,
Ph.D.

Brooke Fischer,
MS
Laurie Johnson-Wade,
CBC, CRS, CRC, FPS, RSS
Deena M. Murphy,
Ph.D.
Advanced Implementation Specialist, ORN Advanced Implementation Specialist, ORN Senior Project Manager of Operations, ORN Advanced Implementation Specialist, ORN Advanced Implementation Specialist, ORN

 

A recommended racial equity training series focused on the substance use field includes:

  1. The Opioid Response Network: Developing a Shared Language For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (90 minutes)
  2. Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorder: Anti-Racist Strategies (2 hours)

These two trainings are available live (in person or online) and/or offered as a (pre-recorded) self-pace workshop you can do individually, as a team, or across your organization. The self-pace workshops include a recording, slide deck, PDF fillable workbook, and transcript. More details on each program and other types of training and technical assistance are also outlined below.


If you are interested in the recommended racial equity series or DEI training and technical assistance specific to your needs, please submit a request.


Description of racial equity training series and other materials available / under development

1. The Opioid Response Network: Developing a Shared Language For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (90 minutes)

The Opioid Response Network: Developing a Shared Language For Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training is to provide you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues. We will explore the potential impact of these issues on our beliefs towards those with backgrounds different from our own and how those beliefs can impact the people we serve and the continuum of care for substance use disorder. This training is an opportunity to reflect on ways to create more welcoming and inclusive places of business for our staff and clients, as well as look at ways organizations can support DEI efforts.

In this training, we will focus on:

  • Reviewing baseline language to ground us in a shared understanding of DEI issues
  • Exploring equity data on the impact of DEI issues on health care access, experiences, and outcomes
  • Unpacking myths about DEI and those impacted by these issues
  • Reviewing situational examples and their implications for opioid, stimulant, and substance use disorder

The accompanying Reflection Workbook provides space for you to respond to the questions asked throughout the training and could potentially be used in small groups as people debrief and dialog around the issues raised. The workbook can be printed or completed online as PDF. The self-pace workshops include a recording, slide deck, PDF fillable workbook, and transcript.

2. Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorder: Anti-Racist Strategies (2 hours)

The Opioid Response Network: Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorder: Anti-Racist Strategies training builds on the initial training by providing a recap of the key points and the real-world implications of racism in our personal and professional worlds. We then highlight steps and strategies that individuals and organizations can make to become anti-racist.

In this training we will focus on guiding you through:

  • Individual action steps for being anti-racist.
  • Anti-racism organizational steps.
  • Leadership strategies for addressing racial equity.

The accompanying Reflection Workbook provides space for you to respond to the questions asked throughout the training and could potentially be used in small groups as people debrief and dialog around the issues raised. The workshop can be printed or completed online as PDF. The self-pace workshops include a recording, slide deck, PDF fillable workbook, and transcript.


Other Products

Our DEI team can work with providers who want to make a commitment to integrating racial equity and DEI in their organization in various ways. The following are some ideas, though you may request any training and/or technical assistance related to DEI topics, such as addressing racial disparities and the intersection of race with social determinants of health, LGBTQ+ health, gender, gender diversity, and health disparities.

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Request Implementation and Capacity Building Support!
Example: Racial Equity Implementation Guide and Institute
Organizational change around racial equity requires a solid implementation plan and commitment to making this plan actionable. Many of our substance use service providers (health departments, healthcare organizations, community-based organizations) are committed to integrating racial equity across their organization but unclear where to start and how to do this work. Our DEI team can work with providers who want to make a commitment to integrating racial equity in their organization in various ways. Our Racial Equity Implementation Institute will work with providers who want to make a commitment to integrating racial equity in their organization. ORN will work with a planning team to review key steps, strategies, and develop an actionable (and measurable) plan. Participating providers will leave the institute with a plan and make a commitment to implementing key action steps in the next grant year.

Request a Training!
Examples of Previous Training Topics
Race and recovery
Health disparities among LGBTQ+
Racial disparities and BIPOC
Social determinants of health
Culturally responsive language
Psychology of poverty
Equipping clinical staff with DEI tools
Equity in prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction
Anti-racist leadership strategies
Anti-racist organizational strategies
Anti-racist individual strategies
Aging in the LGBTQ community
Aging and substance use disorder
Intersectionality and substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction
DEI and the sequential intercept model (SIM)
DEI for healthcare providers

Request Technical Assistance!
Examples of Previous Technical Assistance
Planning and implementation of organizational development around racial equity
Reviewing policies, protocols, and procedures for racial equity
Advising leadership on ways to build internal capacity around equity
Developing mission statement that supports DEI
Identifying strategies for integrating racial equity into prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction organizations
DEI tools for clinicians and treatment
DEI tools for recovery
DEI tools for prevention
DEI tools for harm reduction
DEI tools for drug courts and the criminal justice system