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Native Americans and the Opioid Epidemic - Finding Solutions in the Workforce. Register Now



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Native Americans and the Opioid Epidemic - Finding Solutions in the Workforce

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This webinar brings experts from Native American organizations and tribal entities to discuss the prevalent use of opioids in Native American and Tribal Communities and how its workforce system combats the impacts associated with the opioid crisis.

According to the American Addiction Centers, Native Americans experience higher rates of substance abuse and overdose than most other ethnicities in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that opioid overdoses in Native communities increased by 9.7 percent from 2019 to 2020 alone. Historical trauma, poverty, discrimination, lack of access to treatment, and other factors contribute to the heightened risks and impact of opioid misuse among tribal populations.

This webinar will first provide an overview of opioid and substance misuse in Native American communities, presented by Dr. Spero Manson (Little Shell Chippewa) from the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Following the overview, representatives from Cherokee Nation will share how the tribe leverages its workforce system and Department of Labor grants to promote recovery and reintegration.

Presenter(s): Spero M. Manson, PhD, Little Shell Chippewa - Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Jacky England, CAREER Programs Manager, Cherokee Nation
Matt Lamont, RE-ENTRY Program Director, Cherokee Nation
Jennifer Davis, Career Specialist, Cherokee Nation
Johnna Williams, (PRSS) Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Chickasaw Nation

Moderator(s): Ashley Moore, Workforce Analyst, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Vivian Clarke, Osage Nation - Workforce Intern, UNC-Chapel Hill, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration

Date: Monday, May 08, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM ET

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Registration for this event is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; please register today.

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