One of the challenges in the effort to combat health disparities in the United States is the growing shortage of qualified and diverse health professionals in all aspects of public health. To replenish the nearly one in four public health professionals entering retirement, schools of public health will have to triple the current number of graduates over the next several years. The Pew Research Center reports that Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and that the U.S.
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The Baker-Polito Administration announced a first-in-the-nation set of educational core principles for social workers, the largest force on the front lines of the opioid crisis.
This month, Senator Elizabeth Warren released a report titled Fighting Back: Massachusetts Health Care Providers and the Opioid Crisis.
Of the 80 surveys that were sent out, 51 provider organizations and facilities responded. The report discusses the overal opioid crisis in Massachusetts, including overdose death data, and gives a brief overview of the State's treatment system.
The major findings are that:
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Deborah Strod and Jen Parks presented a webinar on the Careers of Substance website to a live audience, and the archived webinar will be available on SAMHSA's Publications and Resources on Workforce page within a month of the live event.
The American Board of Prevention Medicine (a member board of the Amercian Board of Medical Specialties) worked with the Addiction Medicine Foundation to develop the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification and examination, which meets ABPM and ABMS standards. Click here for FAQs.
North Shore Community College and Northern Essex Community Colleges, both of which have Approved Addiction Education Program certificate courses for those working towards their LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) licensure, are offering additional opportunities to learn about substance use and addictions.
About the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AP)
The NMFP-AC will increase the number of culturally-competent Master’s Level addiction counselors available to serve underserved and minority populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25) by providing tuition stipends, training, professional guidance, and mentoring to students enrolled either in an addictions counseling Master’s program or a Master’s program with a concentration in addictions counseling from an accredited institution.
A new Whitepaper by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), "Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Healthcare," brings to light a problem that a range of education institutions in Massachusetts have recently begun to address.