SDH and COVID Discussion Series

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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, and the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network facilitated a national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for the substance use (SU) prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces focused on emerging issues around social determinants of health (SDH) and COVID-19. This was in response to the differential impact of the pandemic in underserved communities and/or communities of color. The goal of the series is to engage diverse community voices and create space and structure to hear from these communities about the following issues:

  • How has COVID-19 further highlighted racial and ethnic disparities?
  • What is the impact on the communities and those with substance use disorder?
  • What is the impact on the SU prevention, treatment and recovery workforces?
  • What strategies and resources are needed to mitigate these impacts?

Through an initial listening session to frame the ongoing and emerging issues and subsequent strategic discussions to engage key communities, the intent is to gather strategies and resources to identify emerging best practices that can support underserved and/or communities of color. By no means is this to undermine the need for structural changes to address the intersecting and cumulative impacts of social determinants of health, but rather to recognize this complex issue requires multi-level approaches and communities are developing culturally responsive strategies and resources to mitigate these impacts. After each session, we will disseminate notes, core themes, and outline any strategies and resources shared.


Session Information


Next Steps:

By June 19th:

  • The ATTC/PTTC Network will upload a report (overview, themes and responses to key questions, recommended strategies, and lists of resources) from each session. 
  • The ATTC/PTTC Network will upload a final report collating themes, sharing key quotes from panelists and collating strategies and resources.
  • The ATTC/PTTC Network will post dates and registration details for the ongoing series discussions, providing an opportunity to continue the conversation and share effective strategies and resources.

Please visit our COVID-19 pandemic response resources for both the ATTC & PTTC Networks for helpful resources related to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery:
•    ATTC Pandemic Response Resources
•    PTTC Pandemic Response Resources


DISCLAIMER: Information exchanged and views expressed during these virtual sessions reflect the professionals' conducting the session best understanding of the culturally appropriate, evidence-based and promising practices and should not be seen as directives. We encourage all participants to reflect on the context discussed during the learning series and to take that information to colleagues and/or supervisors for further discussion especially in the context of state rules or regulations. Any content related to Privacy and Security and 42 CFR Part 2 presented during these sessions should not be construed as legal advice and participants are directed to discuss recommendations with their agency’s legal counsel.