A. MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE: REALITIES AND CHALLENGES DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES
People with substance use disorders often have long histories of unmitigated mental illness and trauma. With very little access to the same treatment and support than their white counterparts. Black and brown people with substance use disorders are especially vulnerable to cycling in and out of correctional facilities and emergency rooms. This presentation will briefly describe why harm reduction is an effective modality of engaging with people with substance use disorders that has the potential to restore hope, personal autonomy, and healing.
Dennis O. Romero, MA – Regional Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - DHHS Region II
Monique Tula – Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
B. COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES: ADDRESSING HIV, HCV AND STIS DURING AND AFTER COVID-19
COVID-19 has created additional challenges around barriers to care, economic survival, anxieties and fears for Hispanic and Latinx communities. In this presentation four community leaders, representing different regions from the United States and Puerto Rico, will share their perspective and strategies on how to address HIV, HCV and STIs during and after COVID19 from direct services to policies and advocacy efforts.
Robert Contreras, MBA – President & CEO Bienestar Human Services
Bamby Salcedo, MA – CEO and Founder, TransLatin@ Coalition
José Joaquín Mulinelli – Executive Director, Coai, Inc.
Judith Montenegro – Program Director, Latinos in the South, Latino Commission on AIDS