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Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 10:15 am – 11:45 am

(2-008) DIVERSITY NETWORK COMMITTEE INVITED SYMPOSIUM: Disparities in the Systemic Response to the U.S. Opioid Abuse Crisis

Co-chairs:  Denise Vidot, PhD, University of Miami and Crystal Barksdale, PhD, MPH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Tessie Castillo, PhD, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

Wilson M. Compton, MD, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Rosalyn Holliday-Moore, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tanya Royster, MD, DC Department of Health

The misuse and abuse of opioids in the United States continues to be a significant public health concern as drug overdose remains the leading cause of accidental death among adults1-3 from diverse cultural backgrounds. Though it remains unclear whether there are significant racial and ethnic differences in the prevalence of opioid use disorders, it is clear from the literature that racial and ethnic disparities exist with regard to access to and utilization of opioid treatment4. From a prevention science perspective, there are clear areas of concern related to the systemic response to the opioid abuse crisis that must and can be addressed to help address and reduce disparities. The focus of this symposium will be to discuss (1) disparities in access to care for opioid use and opioid use disorders; (2) differential systemic (e.g., health, law/justice, education) response to the opioid epidemic compared to other substances of abuse; and (3) how the systemic response to may perpetuate racial and ethnic disparities in particular. Discussion points will center on current gaps in prevention and potential opportunities for prevention efforts to approach the opioid crisis from a cultural perspective.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm


Chair:  Rhonda Boyd

Come and share in an evening of fellowship and networking opportunities for SPR’s diverse membership. This includes opportunities to become more involved in SPR’s Diversity Network Committee, as well as opportunities to identify others interested in conducting prevention science research with populations diverse with respect to race, ethnicity and culture, both within the US and across international communities.

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

(3-023) BROWN BAG SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING V: SPR Diversity Network Committee- Culturally Responsive Strategies for the Prevention of Trauma among Secondary Victims of Violence

Convener: Nadine Finigan-Carr, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

In neighborhoods and communities across the US, the issue of violence has become endemic. The vast majority of trauma exposure in the United States is ongoing and includes multiple, co-occurring types of trauma (Anda et al., 2006; Dong et al., 2004; Pynoos et al., 2009). Random acts of violence, unanticipated loss and death, exposure to drug use and distribution, incarceration, and economic disparities are universally common types of traumatic experiences and yet are chronically and historically pervasive in urban communities of color. Law enforcement and Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are often the first responders assisting individuals and communities during natural and manmade episodic disasters. Faith based organizations and non-governmental agencies may be called upon to lend support. However, when it comes to chronic exposure to violence there are little to no trained responders and services offered to adequately address the grief and loss experienced by communities where violence in the form of community deprivation, violent crime, racism, oppression, and isolation is paramount. Although surviving communities of both natural and manmade disasters and violence experience traumatic loss and grief, the resources and services readily available to assist communities are dramatically different. This SIG is being convened to discuss research-based, prevention strategies which can be implemented in communities to support community members and prevent them from becoming secondary victims of violence in both acute (i.e. in response to a disaster) and chronic (i.e., in communities of color with endemic violence) situations. This information is vital to the development and provision of effective, culturally responsive strategies designed to meet the needs of diverse communities.


During the coffee break, please stop by the DNC table (located in the registration area) to pick up information about the DNC and your DNC name badge ribbon.