Change Attitudes, Change Actions, and Champion Recovery in Healthcare

When it comes to creating recovery-ready communities, we can all be change agents in our organizations, agencies, and communities. The words we use have the ability to help, heal, hinder, or hurt people on their paths to recovery. This program will explore the impact of stigma on people living in recovery or seeking recovery from substance use disorder; engage participants to identify structural, public and self-stigma; and identify concrete ways to adopt language and take actions to align with and support the development of recovery oriented language, recovery oriented care, and recovery capital in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities. Lunch will be served.

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Target Audience: Health care, non-profit, social services, and behavioral health providers, and those interested in learning how to support people in recovery or seeking recovery


Andrew Kiezulas

Andrew Kiezulas achieved his Chemistry baccalaureate in 2017 with concentrations in Mathematics and Leadership and Organizational Studies, and is now a 2018 Masters of Policy, Planning and Management candidate at the University of Southern Maine, where he is also a co-founder of the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (the ROCC), a nationally recognized Collegiate Recovery Program.  Read more…

Matthew Braun

Matthew Braun received his B.S in Human Biology from the University of Southern Maine in 2014 and, while a student, worked full time at the Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology studying metal-induced carcinogenesis in human cells. He is currently a board member for both the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, and he also serves on the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2015. Additionally, he has spent the past 3 years in the prevention field. Read more… 

Alison Webb
Alison Webb, MPH, PS-C is an independent public health consultant with over 20 years experience in community outreach and organizing, substance use and overdose prevention, community based substance use recovery supports, and linking community members with healthcare services. Her work in substance use includes creating protocols for primary care physicians to refer patients to substance use treatment, promoting the Prescription Monitoring Program, conducting formative research on hard-to-reach populations such as intravenous drug users, analyzing data to detect emerging substance abuse trends, developing street outreach and overdose prevention programs, increasing access to medication assisted treatment, working with schools to develop substance use policies, and developing strategies for grassroots advocacy. Read more…


Panelists: Leslie Clark, Director, Portland Recovery Center | Shelby Briggs, C.A.S.H. Coordinator, Commuinity Approach to Stopping Heroin, Westbrook Police Department | Janine Roberts, Chief, Westbrook Police Department | Ron Springel, MD


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