Empowering Change Through JCOIN Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Join us in our mission to leverage differences, promote belonging, and create positive outcomes for all individuals with opioid use disorder who are involved in the carceral system.

Mapping EDI Progress

Through informative tables, we present major themes such as "Advancing hiring efforts," "Engaging Individuals with Lived and Living Experience," and "EDI-Driven Data Analysis and Dissemination."Discover each hub's specific goals in these areas, as well as ongoing efforts that underline the hubs' commitment to fostering inclusivity and driving positive change throughout JCOIN.

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Advancing Hiring Efforts

Initiatives undertaken by our partnered research hubs to promote diversity and equity in their recruitment processes, ensuring a more inclusive workforce.

The University of Chicago

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Hub's Identified Goals:

  • Address inequities in hiring people with lived experience/non-traditional academic backgrounds
  • Ensure study enrollment reflects impacted populations


University of Massachusetts
Chestnut Health Systems
Yale TCN

Engaging Individuals with Lived/Living Experiences​

Our research hubs actively engage with individuals who have personal experience related to our focus areas, amplifying diverse voices and perspectives in our work.

Brown University

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Hub's Identified Goals:

  • Identify diverse/representative JCOIN Providing Interventions to Enhance Recovery in Community Supervision (PIERS) advisory group

Additional Efforts:

  • Creating publication tracker with EDI tab​
  • Developing structured subjects for advisory groups to discuss
Yale HIV
University of Kentucky

EDI-Driven Data Analysis & Research Dissemination​

Utilizing equity, diversity, and inclusion principles to inform data analysis and sharing practices, contributing to more equitable healthcare solutions within the JCOIN network.


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Hub's Identified Goals:

  • Maximize access to data​
  • Onboard minoritized researchers & students
Indiana University
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Meet the Team

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Dr. Ayana Jordan


Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, is an endowed Barbara Wilson Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine.

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Dr. Jessica Isom


Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, a Steve Fund mental health expert, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and a faculty member in the Yale Department of Psychiatry co-directing the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. Driven by a passion for collaborative leadership, she takes pride in providing the conceptual frameworks and psychological safety necessary to expand the growing edges of her clients and peers.

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Hira Hassan

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Ramzia Issa

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Genesis Vicente

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Glenda Garcia


The team would also like to acknowledge Inaugural Project Coordinator Dr. Janan Wyatt's EDI contributions. Dr. Wyatt's expertise and dedication have played a pivotal role in advancing the mission to leverage differences, promote belonging, and create positive outcomes for individuals with opioid use disorder involved in the carceral system.

The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond Anti- Racism Training

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. The PISAB believes that racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities. The PISAB helps individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the root causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.

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About the Anti-Racism Training

In March and April 2023, our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team invited the  People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond to coordinate a full day Anti-Racism training that was exclusively offered to our partnered research hubs. In this training workshop, participants experienced the process for laying a foundation to explore how we have been socialized and conditioned to think about race and racism by first analyzing class, power, and institutional/individual relationships to and within communities.

As power was analyzed, concepts were introduced that play a role in maintaining the current disparate racial outcomes that every system and institution produces. The JCOIN EDI team believes that this training workshop provided meaningful information that allows us to reflect on how to better integrate equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our research, as well in within each hub. This introduced an opportunity to engage in equity- focused conversations with members across JCOIN to better address EDI throughout the network.

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Speaker Series

Discover empowering community leaders that promote equity and inclusion

Dr. Jessica Isom

From Awake to Woke to Working: Embodying Organizational Equity Mindedness​

Dr. LaTrice Montgomery

Advancing Health Equity: Conducting Addiction Research with Racial/Ethnic Minoritized Populations​

Dr. Jerreed Ivanich

Engaging Community Partners to Implement a Social Network Study Successfully​