Black Americans suffer a disproportionate burden of health and social consequences despite having a lower or equivalent prevalence of substance use and disorders. Fatal overdoses among Black individuals overtook that of White individuals in 2020 for the first time since 1999. Reaching Black communities alone is not sufficient, engagement must be tailored and informed by recovery science.
Recognize racial literacy and illiteracy in applications of science and medicine and resulting harms.
Describe empirically based racial inequities in course of illness, treatment, and recovery.
Implement actionable strategies to practice structural competency in the clinic and community.
Dr. Corrie Vilsaint is a Research Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as the Associate Director of Recovery Health Equity at the Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine. Her research on racial health equality in remission and recovery from addiction has been recognized by an award from the American Psychological Association. She has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) and is currently supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH/NIAAA). As a community psychologist and an international speaker, her research focuses on racial health equity in remission and recovery, reducing recovery-related discrimination, building recovery capital, and the effectiveness of recovery support services.
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