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March 29, 2018

The 49th Annual New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies program will take place June 4 - 7, 2018 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. 

Click here for further program information. 

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February 22, 2018

The Community Health Training Institute relies on your feedback to continuously improve their training offerings to make sure they're providing you all with the most relevant and useful material. Because of this, they're asking you all to take two minutes from your day to fill out this short Training Needs Survey. The Community Health Training Institute exists for dedicated community workers like you, and they value your input in our planning process.

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January 16, 2018

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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October 13, 2017

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.

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August 31, 2017

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:

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July 26, 2017

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Deborah Strod and Jen Parks presented a webinar on the Careers of Substance website to a live audience.  The "State Solutions in Workforce Series: Innovations in Developing Behavioral Health Workforce" began in September, 2016, and has presented three previous webinars:

  - Webinar #1:  Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska "Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Solutions" (September 7, 2016)

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May 11, 2017

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.

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April 7, 2017

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.

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