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In this issue focused on alcohol use disorder...

                  Making a Difference

This month the NCIBH spoke with George F. Koob, PhD, an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol, and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. 

Dr. Koob is the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. He also oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.

Read the full interview...
"Alcohol use disorder training is considered an add-on, but it shouldn’t be an add-on. It’s a critical part of what’s happening in the country, and half of liver disease cases in the US can be attributed to alcohol. My dream is to have an addiction medicine team in every emergency room in the country. The push for this, I think, will have to come from the medical community and especially the medical residents themselves."

 - George F. Koob, PhD
Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Resources of the Month

For our second themed newsletter issue we have compiled a variety of primary care based alcohol use disorder (AUD) educational resources.
  • A Clinician's Guide: Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much  This guide is written for primary care and mental health clinicians. It has been produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, with guidance from physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and clinical researchers.
  • American Family Physician Alcohol Use Disorders Resource Collection This collection features the best content from AFP, a semi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. It includes information on alcohol use disorders and related issues, including alcoholism, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, and detoxification. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised.
  • Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide This resource is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. NIAAA developed the guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a team of underage drinking researchers and clinical specialists, and practicing health care professionals.
  • Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide: This SAMHSA manual provides guidance on the use of medication-assisted treatment for alcohol misuse. It summarizes approved medications, screening and assessment, treatment planning, and patient monitoring.
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Summer 2019
Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium

The ANEW Way Forward is an inaugural one-day symposium that fosters a collaborative learning community for researchers and practitioners in behavioral health and primary care settings.

Come join us at the University of Pennsylvania for:

  • Skills-based lectures and continuing education seminar sessions delivered by national experts to prepare for the evolving primary care landscape
  • Poster presentations on cutting-edge research and successful pilot programs in the field
  • Unique networking opportunities designed for symposium attendees

The ANEW symposium is dedicated to providing a national platform for addressing gaps in integrated behavioral health training among the primary care workforce.

Register Today!

What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events



According to an article from Politico, California is testing if addiction treatment can be incorporated into primary care. California had just weeks to get a program that used medication to treat opioid use disorder up and running after receiving $90 million in federal grants in 2017.Officials followed a "Hub and Spoke" model that was already working in Vermont, and supersized it to fit the state. Read the full article on Politico's website here
The NCIBH recently released "Twitter as a Dissemination Tool for Academic Medicine: A Technical Assistance Guide."  This toolkit includes social media guidelines, publications, and articles about the use of Twitter as a dissemination platform in academic medicine. Download and view it at the NCIBH resources page.
The National Nurse-Led Consortium will be hosting a webinar May 7th on 'Addressing the Emerging HCV and OUD Epidemics." This webinar will provide a national perspective of how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and opioid use disorder epidemics are connected and what health centers can do to address them. 


May 7
The Connections between Opioid Use, Overdose and Suicide
What: Webinar | Website

May 8-11
SGIM Annual Meeting
Where: Washington D.C. | Website
May 20
8th Annual Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Models Summit
Where: Orlando,FL | Website
May 20-22
2019 Annual National Network of Public Health Institutes Conference
Where: Washington D.C. | Website
June 1
NCIBH Inaugural IBH Symposium
Where: Philadelphia, PA |  Website

June 2-4
Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
Where: Washington, D.C. |  Website

June 5
Inter-Professional Education to Practice Summit
Where: Boston, MA |  Website

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