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ORN - Impact Bulletin - December 2021

December 20, 2021 3:00 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

Treating HIV and Substance Use Disorders in Gay Black Men

Opioid Response Network (ORN) trainings that help others address racism and homophobia for better outcomes

Benjamin Nguyễn, MSW, ASW, CPH, is ORN’s representative for the American Southwest. If you’re in New Mexico, Arizona or Nevada and seek out ORN for education and training, it’s Ben on the other end of the line. Recently, Ben received a request for training from the Nevada Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. “They were preparing for their annual conference for HIV care providers and were looking for a speaker on best practices for substance use disorder treatment and recovery with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community and racial disparities. It was a perfect fit for ORN,” said Ben.

For the job Ben worked closely with ORN Advanced Implementation Scientist Larry Bryant, PhD, MPH, BSW, RRT. Dr. Bryant crafted a training to share immediate actions and long-term strategies to apply to their work. This included affirmative language to use when communicating with patients; education on how to structure specific situations so that LGBTQ+ patients feel comfortable in sharing private information; and how best to engage this population in treatment. “It was also largely a discussion on common life experiences that often influence the behaviors of gay Black men. Providers need to understand where these patients are and then meet them there in order to effectively address their treatment and recovery needs,” shared Dr. Bryant. Read more.

Training and education from ORN is designed to be culturally intelligent. To help improve practice standards, ORN established several workgroups including the Sexuality and Gender Diversity Workgroup and Black Communities Workgroup. Would you like to learn about how these multi-disciplinary teams can help your efforts? Email with a specific question.


If an opportunity listed below sparks interest, but you have questions or are not quite sure how it could fit into your own plans, email We can help! Stay tuned to ORN's evolving events page for upcoming opportunities. All ORN trainings are free.

TAILORD ON DEMAND TRAININGS: Making Sense of the Federal Health Privacy Laws

Free training opportunities for individuals and networks that provide or administer substance use disorder services

Multiple federal laws, including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, protect the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment information. These laws permit sharing patient records in certain circumstances — however, it can be hard to understand when they apply, what information should be kept private, what can be shared, with whom, and when. With funding from ORN, ORN partner organization CAI will be conducting a limited number of free virtual trainings regarding health privacy laws. These tailored trainings will address common questions about health privacy laws and their application in practice. See here for more information and information on how to request a training. 

TAILORD ON DEMAND TRAININGS: ToxIC Novel Opioid and Stimulant Exposures

Free training opportunities with medical toxicologists for individuals and organizations

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of approximately 800 physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. Medical toxicologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent human poisonings, such as overdoses from prescribed or illicit drugs, including opioids and novel psychoactive substances. As an ORN partner organization, ACMT is providing tailored trainings about novel opioid cases through the use of the Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC) Core Registry, a multi-center surveillance network that includes cases submitted by medical toxicologists after formal consultation of patients who presented in the acute care setting with an overdose or toxic exposure. Do you have questions? For more information or to coordinate your own tailored training, email Dr. Kim Aldy at

Upcoming Training and Training of Trainers:
Peer Support for Pregnant and Parenting Families

Training scheduled for January 4 and 5, 2022
Training of Trainers scheduled for January 25 and 26, 2022

This ORN-funded training developed by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center will prepare Peer Recovery Support Specialists to meet the diverse needs of pregnant and parenting families in early recovery. Recovery and parenting both occur in the context of relationships. This training is designed to help participants build skills to support/ strengthen families as they grow and develop in their roles as nurturing parents. The Training of Trainers will prepare the participants to teach the Providing Peer Based Recovery Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families curriculum. More information can be found here.

Faces & Voices of Recovery Learning Community
Begins January 5, 2021 (note multiple events)

This free Virtual Learning Community (VLC) is funded by ORN and developed and coordinated by Faces & Voices of Recovery. The VLC features a series of six 1-hour sessions with subject matter experts on a bi-weekly basis. Series for Cohort One begins Jan. 5, 2022. The format for each session includes a brief presentation on the topic and then a discussion and Q&A session with the presenter. Register once for the entire series; attendance at all 6 sessions is highly encouraged.

See here for more information and to register.

Training: Stimulants 101
January 12, 2021

The ORN-funded training from the Boston Medical Center is designed to provide an overview of stimulant use disorder for all healthcare organization staff including providers, nurses, counselors and other non-clinical staff. The training reviews stigma, identifying stimulant overdose, managing acute stimulant intoxication, de-escalation techniques, and evidence-based treatment for people who use stimulants. See here for more information and to register. 

Training: Initiation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
January 14, 2021

The final session in National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development's Bridging HIV, HCV, & SUD: Innovations in the Field 7-part webinar series, Initiation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, will be on Friday, January 14th, at 12 pm ET. In order to effectively end the HIV epidemic in the United States, providers who care for people with or at-risk for HIV need to be equipped to effectively identify and treat opioid use disorder. This ORN funded presentation will provide practical guidance on the use of medications for opioid use disorder. See here for more information and to register. 401-270-5900


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