Tag: policy

Disability Justice SIG

This SIG is a space for social workers who are members of the disability community with support from our social work allies to come together to advocate for policies, actions, and programming that advance the disability justice framework that has been developed by the disability community.

Navigating Local Policy to Advance Community Change

State laws and policies can sometimes be hard to find and understand, so what are ways we can make this information more accessible to the communities they impact? If you are new to public health or coalition work, this training will help walk you through how to find public policy information in the Massachusetts State House, how policy can be used to support our work, and the ways in which coalitions can empower themselves to engage with their local policymakers in ways that work for their coalition and its members. There are many ways coalitions and their members can insert themselves in each stage of the process of policy change. The trainer will review how coalitions can find state policies and determine where they fit into the policy change process. Through group work and skill-building, participants will walk away with knowledge to increase their effectiveness and impact within the community, and feel confident in bringing their voice into the local policy arena.

Substance Use Among College Students and Youth: An Update

This webinar will provide an overview of current data on substance use and misuse among college and university students, common risk factors for substance misuse, and discuss recommendations for prevention and policy to promote health and wellness in this population.

Analyzing the U.S. War on Drugs & Racist Drug Policies: OOPTP Training Session

This three-hour professional development module is intended to educate different service providers, community members, coalitions, and other entities on the War on Drugs and how it has fostered racialized drug policies in the 21st century. Like alcohol Prohibition in the early 1900s, drug prohibition has not only failed its mission but has made its mission impossible. This training will build off the previous module (Addressing Stigmas and Biases in Our Work) and will explore the history of the War on Drugs, while connecting it to the 3 different levels of racism. We will also explore racialized drug policies throughout U.S. history, and come to an understanding of how the drug war has fueled mass incarceration, health disparities, social inequities, and the current waves of overdose deaths in the United States. Helpful frameworks, such as the Iceberg Analogy, will allow participants to connect how certain events are fueled by underlying racial structures. Participants will also brainstorm tactics and strategies to address some of the ramifications of the War on Drugs in their own communities.

Learner Outcomes:

Define the War on Drugs
Name 2 ramifications of the War on Drugs that we see play out today
Be able to identify the four levels of racism
Name 2 pieces of historical legislation that have perpetuated the War on Drugs and mass incarceration
Identify 3 strategies to address the impacts of the War on Drugs in our communities
Challenge our own deeply held narratives as individuals and a country around drugs and drug use
Presented by: Health Resources in Action (HRiA)

Sponsored by: ​MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

Accommodations: If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Emelie Tenander at AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. at (508) 752-7313; Fax: (508) 752-8111; TTY: (508) 754-0039 or email: [email protected] at least three weeks prior to secure accommodations.