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This month, we focus on strategies for addressing stigma in primary care settings:

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Teaching Matters

This month's featured interview focuses on addressing stigma in primary care settings. This month we spoke with Sean M. Phelan, PhD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Health Services Research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in the Department of Health Sciences Research, Division of Health Care Policy and Research. Dr. Phelan is currently developing a curriculum for primary care trainees on overcoming stigma as a barrier to integrated behavioral health utilization.

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"One thing primary care providers can do is help patients understand the influence of external factors. That includes understanding and communicating to patients that mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders are diseases with complex causes: social, genetic, environmental; and are not signs of weakness or personal failure. And, that like other diseases, they may require treatment from health care professionals"

-Sean M. Phelan, PhD, MPH 
Associate Professor, Division of Health Care Policy and Research 
Department of Health Sciences Research
Mayo Clinic

Resources of the Month

This month we have curated a set of stigma related prevention and education materials for use in the primary care setting. 
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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Opioids, Opioid Misuse, and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults This new technical assistance brief from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), aims to provide a framework for understanding how to reduce adverse outcomes of opioid use among older adults and describes the latest evidence-based interventions available.
Starting January 2021, join the Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS) for the second TeleECHO clinical virtual series. These monthly case based clinic discussions will include fifteen minutes of didactic learning and fourty-five minutes of case-based discussion. Project TeleECHO aims to increase the capacity of primary care addiction providers and assist them in implementation of high-quality addiction treatment through de-identified case presentations, discussions, and recommendations. Learn More


December 6 - December 9 
Institute for Healthcare Improvement IHI 2020 Forum
What: Virtual Conference | Website
December 15 - December 17 
Academy Health's Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health 
What: Virtual Conference | Website
Now - December 31
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Connect: An Online Conference Experience
What: Virtual Conference | Website
January 14, 2021
Screening and Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma
What: Webinar | Website
February 16-18, 2021
National Health Policy Conference
What: Virtual Conference | 
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