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A Population Health Approach to Building Healthy Communitites

Thursday, 02/07/2019
9:00 AM
10:15 AM
Chesapeake G-I


In 2016, Philadelphia lost 907 people to drug overdose deaths, an increase from 702 deaths in 2015. Because of the opioid epidemic, Philadelphia’s mayor convened a task force that made 18 recommendations to address the crisis. Recommendation number 14, to develop a coordinated rapid response to overdose outbreaks, established the need to engage affected communities in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability’s efforts. Because of the stigma associated with individuals who have a substance use disorder, it becomes necessary to engage communities who are unwilling to have that dialogue by having interactions that don’t immediately lead to conversations about substance use disorders. This session will present a population health approach to community engagement that begins with building relationships first and foremost and addressing the larger concern of substance use disorder when the community is ready.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize the importance of community engagement over community outreach, understand and advocate for the importance of language and culture in a community engagement strategy, and understand and articulate the importance of addressing social determinants of health when seeking to build healthy communities impacted by substance use disorder.

29th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 15th Prevention Day


Eduardo Collazo
Director, Multicultural Affairs
Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbilities, City of Philadelphia