Drs. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and Alysse Wurcel Assume ACCJH Board of Director Positions

Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Associate Professor of Social Medicine at UNC—Chapel Hill, was recently selected as Chair of the Academic Consortium of Criminal Justice Health (ACCJH) Board of Directors, with Dr. Alysse Wurcel, attending physician at Tufts Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University, serving as Chair-Elect. ACCJH is a member organization with…

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Dr. Elizabeth Evans Promoted to Full Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Evans, co-Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts JCOIN Research Hub, was recently promoted to Professor at UMass Amherst. Through JCOIN, Dr. Evans and her team partnered with seven jails in Massachusetts to conduct a Type 1 hybrid effectiveness-implementation study of a program to expand provision of medications to treat opioid use disorder. Dr.…

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Dr. Katherine Elkington Promoted to Full Professor at Columbia University

Dr. Katherine Elkington, co-Principal Investigator of the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia University JCOIN Research Hub, was recently promoted to Professor at Columbia University. She also serves as the director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Youth Justice, within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is the Training Director of the T32…

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New Aced It Episode: “Community Social Vulnerability and Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Within the Continental U.S.: A Cross-Sectional Study”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode Community Social Vulnerability and Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Within the Continental U.S.: A Cross-Sectional Study Season 3, Episode 10: We often talk about or study communities’ responses to substance use disorders but not all communities are the same. This episode considers what scholars found when…

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JCOIN Coordination and Translation Center: Advancing the Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Individuals

The Coordination and Translation Center, or CTC, is one of the large-scale resource centers for the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network.  Led by George Mason University, CTC partners include the Addiction Policy Forum, TASC, University of Wisconsin, University of Massachusetts, Chen Medical Center, Michigan State University, and Florida State University. The goals of the CTC…

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New Aced It Episode: “Examining the Implementation of Police-Assisted Referral Programs for Substance Use Disorder Services in Massachusetts”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode Examining the Implementation of Police-Assisted Referral Programs for Substance Use Disorder Services in Massachusetts Season 3, Episode 9: While some argue that incarceration is not the answer for solving our substance use disorder challenges, will police-assisted referrals for SUDs help? This episode takes a deep dive into a…

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New Aced It Episode: “The Role of Dealers”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode The Role of Dealers Season 3, Episode 8: What is the role of dealers in protecting users from opioid overdose and harm? This episode looks at a study that asks this question—with fascinating results. We’re all in this together but we need to understand each other and cooperate…

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New Aced It Episode: “A Qualitative Study of People With Opioid Use Disorders’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode A Qualitative Study of People With Opioid Use Disorders’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic Season 3, Episode 7: Individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) faced particular challenges in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we explore a study that amplified the voices and experiences of individuals with…

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New Aced It Episode: “Reducing Opioid Deaths: The Role of the Community”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode Reducing Opioid Deaths: The Role of the Community Season 3, Episode 6: This episode examines the role of communities in helping individuals with substance use disorder. Study findings suggest a distinct and pronounced need for better education and training around treatment and recovery and a need for everyone…

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New Aced It Episode: “Strategies to Improve Implementation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Reported by Veterans Involved in the Legal System”

Listen to the new Aced It podcast episode Strategies to Improve Implementation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Reported by Veterans Involved in the Legal System Season 3, Episode 5: In this super-interesting episode, we report on a study of U.S. veterans with opioid use disorder who discuss what they think would help them in…

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