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Battling Two Frontiers: Substance Use Epidemic during a Pandemic

In Collaboration with Pharmacy Benefits Management’s Academic Detailing Service and VHA Employee Education System, VA’s National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Homeless Programs Office, VACO is announcing a nine-series podcast.

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Dr. Michal Wilson, Medical Advisor, VHA Homeless Programs Office, moderates a series of podcasts featuring various subject matter experts from VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy Academic Detailing Services and Veteran first responders. The podcast series is focused on advancing awareness, access to naloxone and aftercare to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use disorder.

For several years our nation has been in an opioid epidemic with escalating usage, overdoses, and deaths.  The COVID-19 pandemic created significant additional challenges in combatting the opioid epidemic necessitating increased awareness and creative approaches to identify, outreach, engage and treat Veterans.  Homeless Veterans have a high risk for opioid overdose and resultant death, which require unique and targeted strategies. This series will explore strategies VHA is engaging and challenges faced in the midst of battling two intersecting crises of the pandemic and the substance use epidemic.

Battling Two Frontiers:  Substance Use Epidemic during a Pandemic

Tune into the final 3 episodes of the podcast series now released:

  • Making Connections During the Pandemic – Ramona Shayegani, Pharm D and Jennifer Bolduc, Pharm D
  • # It is my job – Comilla Sasson, M.D. and Jason Smith, Pharm D
  • Warriors Fighting the Good Fight:  It Takes All of Us to Battle the Addiction Epidemic – Frank DeLattre and John Mafodda

The podcast series including the initial 6 episodes is available on the following site:

Spreaker: - https://www.spreaker.com/show/vha-homeless-programs_1

  • Overdoses and How We Can Save Lives – Elizabeth Oliva, PhD
  • No Wrong Door to Receive Substance Use Disorder Care – Joe Liberto, MD
  • Catalyzing Practice Change to Save Lives – Melissa Christopher, Pharm D, Julie Himstreet, Pharm D, and Michael Harvey Pharm D
  • Leveraging Data to Improve Quality of Care – Jodie Trafton, PhD, Shawn Kohlhaas, Pharm D, and Paige Mathew, Pharm D
  • Anchors of Hope:  Public Health Suicide Prevention in VA – Aimee Johnson, LCSW
  • Working Outside Lines:  Social Workers, Outreach Education, and Creating New Connections – Jennifer Silva, LCSW, Jane Manning, Pharm D, and Kenny Bruemmer, LCSW

 Spreaker:  https://www.spreaker.com/show/vha-homeless-programs_1

The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (the Center) promotes recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.  The Center conducts and supports research; assesses the effectiveness of programs; identifies and disseminates best practices and integrates these practices into polices, programs, and services for homeless or at-risk Veterans; and serves as a resource center for all research and training activities carried out by the Department and by other Federal and non-Federal entities with respect to Veteran homelessness.

PBM Academic Detailing Services: innovate strategies that promote evidence-based practices, build relationships with healthcare teams, and resolve barriers to improve Veterans’ care through academic detailing services.

Legislative Authority:  The Center is established by section 713 of the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, Public Law 114-315.  

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