Dialogue eNewsletter, December 2016
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    In this issue... December 2016

Central East ATTC’s eNewsletter

Monthly Health Check

Dec 1 World AIDS Day
Dec 10 Human Rights Day  
View additional awareness events.

Upcoming Training Events

Dec 6 Special Topics in HIV/AIDS, Martinsburg, WV
Dec 8 After a Suicide: The Zero Suicide Approach to Postvention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings, Webinar
Dec 10 Hep C Training of Trainers, New York
Dec 10 Morgan State University, School of Social Work, Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction (closed), Baltimore
Dec 14-15 Motivational Interviewing and Introduction (closed), Catonsville, MD
Dec 19 Medically Assisted Treatment (closed), Baltimore
Feb 2 - Putting the Pieces Together, Severn, MD
Please visit our complete training calendar or request a customized training.

HIV and Integrated Approach

HIV has been connected to substance use, depression, and other mental health conditions. In fact, the rate of depression is double for people with HIV than those without the infection. Depression can have a serious negative impact on the overall health and well being of persons with HIV, e.g. adherence to medications.  An integrated approach to services and care, which is to say, routine HIV care should also include screenings and treatment for substance use and mental health conditions, could positively improve their quality of life.


What's New

Resources you can use

-- Eight Ways to Overcome Resistance to Medication-Assisted Treatment, ATTC NIATx Blog

-- The Integrated Edge, SAMHSA-HRSA, a new resource that outlines practical tips and successful examples from organizations

-- NSDUH 2015 Public-Use Files, now available in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

-- Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends, ASAM

-- Rural Behavioral Health: Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities, SAMHSA

-- MAT Advocacy Toolkit, Legal Action Center

-- MATx Mobile App, SAMHSA

Connections Corner
A message from ...
            an expert in the field

 Dr. Linda Frank is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the director of the MidAtlantic AETC. She has been at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1988 and has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS education of health care professionals.

World AIDS Day Challenge
The worlds of HIV, substance use, hepatitis, and mental illness are merging as we continue to see individuals with more than one of these challenging public health problems.   They come into our clinics and programs with a range of issues and needs that present challenges for us as individual clinicians as well as our institution and the overall system of care.

When I began my career as psychiatric nurse clinical specialist in adult inpatient services and psychiatric emergency services, I was struck by the challenge of stigma in providing coordinated and quality care for patients.   As I moved forward in leading a HRSA-funded, AIDS Education & Training Center beginning in 1988, health professionals and health care were struggling with stigma, discrimination and no available treatments for HIV resulting in incredible loss through the death of so many and disenfranchisement of others.
Making The News in Region 3
Topics/Focus Areas
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Cultural Competence
Opioid Epidemic
Peer Support
Tobacco Addiction
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