This weekend, OSI-Baltimore’s Addiction and Health Equity Program hosted its fourth Advocacy and Leadership Training convening, this time in Salisbury, Maryland. The convenings are intended to help build the field of advocates around the state and increase the representation of people with lived experience with addiction in policy conversations.
Scott Nolen, director of OSI’s Addiction and Health Equity program, welcomed the participants and introduced the presenters. Denis Antoine of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine led a session on the science of substance use and effective treatments. Tricia Christianson from the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, an OSI-Baltimore grantee, introduced the participants to the work of the Maryland Harm Reduction Action Network, of which it is a member. Harriet Smith and Rajani Gudlavalleti of the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition talked about the history and ongoing effects of the War on Drugs and Carlos Hardy of the National Coalition on Alcohol and Drug Dependency’s Maryland chapter led a session on Advocacy ABCs.
The next Advocacy and Leadership Training program will take place in Elkton, Maryland. Email Michael Camlin for more information.