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Our webinar series provides community partners, individuals, and other stakeholders with information, resources, and tools to reduce stigma in their local community. Webinar topics are developed based on the expressed needs of community representatives across the state and facilitated by the UNSHAME KY team.

Re-entering Communities and the WorkforceDV8 Kitchen, AppalReD Legal Aid, and Recovery Café Lexington join the webinar for a panel discussion on opportunities to establish, expand, and improve re-entry programs and processes for people with substance use disorders.

Grassroots Advocacy for Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and RecoveryTara Hyde, CEO of People Advocating Recovery, will provide a brief overview of federal and Kentucky's policy landscape related to substance use disorder; growing support for harm reduction efforts; and opportunities to use your voice to promote a widespread understanding that long-term recovery is an achievable reality and a process that requires time and support.

Combating OUD Stigma within the Workplace...Dr. Jason Roop will present on the leadership traits of people in recovery followed by a panel discussion on barriers to employment for workers in recovery; effective job placement programs; and opportunities to promote a work culture and climate that is supportive of long-term recovery.

Rallying Around RecoveryCampaign partners will share their work and opportunities for you to get involved across Kentucky during National Recovery Month in September 2022.

Minding Your (Bedside) MannerThis webinar features a presentation and panel discussion on how healthcare professionals that do not work in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and/or recovery can better provide care to patients with OUD.

Improving Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for LGBT+ CommunitiesDr. Brian Hurley, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and aaron guldenschuh-gatten, Recovery Café Lexington, review opioid use disorder in the LGBTQ+ population and strategies to create LGBTQ+ affirming support services.

How Harm Reduction HelpsJennifer Twyman of Louisville Metro’s Harm Reduction Outreach Services presents on the proven evidence and personal experiences of harm reduction efforts in Kentucky. Harm reduction is a set of ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance misuse for individuals, their families, and communities by meeting people where they are.

Redefining Recovery A presentation and panel discussion on the many paths to recovery from opioid use disorder, the stigma associated with these approaches, and the personal and professional experiences of those in the prevention, treatment, and harm reduction field. Featured speakers include, Dr. Jessica Johnson of Robley Rex VA Medical Center, Erin Cox of Voices of Hope Lexington, Shreeta Waldon of Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, and Dr. Teresa Walker of New Leaf Clinic Inc.

Why Our Words MatterAn introduction to the UNSHAME KY campaign and presentation for Ed Johnson (Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center) on commonly used terms and concepts related to addiction, as well as, alternative, person-centered language that objectively communicates OUD as a treatable medical condition.

UNSHAME Kentucky is brought to you by the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) in partnership with Shatterproof. The campaign is funded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

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