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“Developing an Anti-racist Recovery Movement: Deconstructing and Challenging Existing Policies and Practices”

September 15, 2020 . 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Description: This discussion will critically evaluate how academic medicine, research and policy have systematically excluded Black, Indigenous and other Persons of Color (BIPOC) from the recovery movement. Researcher and addiction psychiatrist Dr. Ayana Jordan will provide examples of how to provide addiction treatment and conduct research in a culturally-affirming manner. Tracie Gardner, vice president of policy for Legal Action Center, will provide an overview of the challenges of ensuring Black voices in the current recovery “movement” and why BIPOC voices must drive the creation and implementation of good public policy.


Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD

Dr. Jordan is currently an assistant professor at Yale and an attending physician at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is also the associate program director of Yale’s Psychiatry Residency Program. As an undergraduate, Dr. Jordan attended Hampton University, a historically Black university, where she became interested in basic science. After college, Dr. Jordan conducted HIV research at the National Institutes of Health, where she contemplated combining her love for basic science with the clinical sciences. In 2003, Dr. Jordan began an MD, PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. In medical school, Dr. Jordan became passionate about serving minority populations, specifically within psychiatry. During her general adult psychiatric residency, Dr. Jordan became interested in treating patients with substance use disorders, given the intense stigma witnessed from other disciplines, so she completed specialized training in addiction psychiatry at Yale. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between mental illness, substance use and stigma. Locally, Dr. Jordan is working on a project to provide a computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT4CBT) within the Black Church, an evidenced based therapeutic modality shown to be effective in decreasing substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 society, by her undergraduate alma mater.

Tracie M. Gardner

As vice president of policy advocacy, Tracie plays a key role in the overall growth of LAC, creating strategic partnerships that support LAC’s mission and directs its policy work. Tracie has worked for more than 30 years in the public health, public policy and nonprofit fields as a policy advocate, trainer and lobbyist. She has led advocacy campaigns that won substantial increases in funding for substance use, HIV and alternatives to incarceration and reentry services as well as passage of landmark HIV confidentiality and testing legislation and criminal justice reforms. From 2015-2017, Tracie served as the assistant secretary of mental hygiene for New York State, where she oversaw the State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Tracie received a BA from Mount Holyoke College.


September 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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