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Achieving Equity in Women’s Addiction Prevention and Treatment: Accent on Promising Programs



June 16, 2023 - 11:00 AM to June 16, 2023 - 12:00 PM


You are cordially invited to join the Interagency Work Group on Drinking and Drug Use in Women and Girls for our next webinar coming up this coming Friday, June 16, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST.  Details are as follows:

Title:  Achieving Equity in Women’s Addiction Prevention and Treatment:  Accent on Promising Programs  

Speakers:  Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW and Reverend Robyn M. Anderson  

Date:  Friday, June 16, 2023; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Registration:  Not required.  This event is free and open to the public.

Presentation abstract: 

Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW is Professor of Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), Director of Peer Support Services & Research and Director of the Yale Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Academy (LET(s)Lead). Dr. Bellamy’s expertise is in 1) community based participatory research and co-design with communities of color and with communities of people living with psychiatric illness, substance use and addictions, HIV, homelessness, and incarceration histories; 2) reducing healthcare disparities, including sociocultural pathways of recovery from illness and the development of culturally responsive interventions; and 3) development and training on community and clinic based psychosocial and wellness interventions.

In this webinar, Dr. Bellamy will describe the community and women-centered origins of her program of research, with special focus on the Imani Breakthrough Program, a faith-based opioid recovery program that is using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to develop a culturally-attuned faith-based opioid recovery intervention.  Imani combines the 8 dimensions of wellness and the 5Rs of Citizenship (roles, relationships, responsibilities, resources, and rights; and belonging) and is being implemented in 4 Latinx churches and 4 Black churches in Connecticut, with plans to expand to Rhode Island and Louisiana.  

Reverend Robyn M. Anderson is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and currently serves as Pastor of the Blackwell AME Zion Church in Hartford, CT. As Executive Director of the Ministerial Health Fellowship (MHF), a faith-based health care advocacy network of Black pastors and church leaders from Middletown/Meriden, New Britain, and Hartford, CT, Rev. Anderson provides mentoring to pastors and organizations interested in advancing MHF’s mission: to build knowledge of health care issues, advocate for health equity, and forge connections with health care providers and public officials in order to reduce health disparities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.  Rev.  Anderson serves as the Church Liaison for the Imani Breakthrough Project and will discuss the importance of the university-community relationship from her perspective as a faith leader, her role as a church liaison to the Imani Project, and her unique approach to public health messaging in the context of Imani and in the community writ large.  

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