Racial Disparities In Substance Use Prevention (Webinar Recording)

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Racial Disparities In Substance Use Prevention
Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW

June 15, 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST


This training will explore the difference in how drug use, misuse, and penalty has fallen along racial lines and examine how efforts to engage and prevent substance misuse has been affected by implicit bias, partiality, and judgment. This training will present opportunities to learn strategies to address racial disparities while working with persons in care. From whom gets offered supportive treatment to how record keeping prevents or disrupts sobriety, this training will explore ethical responsibilities regarding equity and justice in the field of addiction management.


  • Identify how bias and partiality affects the substance use prevention services offered to and accessed by minority populations
  • Identify opportunities for safeguarding processes in outreach, programming, and treatment that can be affected by racial bias
  • Explain steps and strategies to address racial disparities and increase racial equity of treatment access and engagement
  • Describe strategies to increase the efficacy of prevention initiatives and to facilitate positive outcomes and experiences for minority clients living with substance use and misuse issues


Laura Hinds headshotLaura Hinds is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral and mental health settings.  Laura has had the pleasure of working with high acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years.  An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research’s for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners.  With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.



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