Baystate Health to hold two virtual substance use disorder conferences in November

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Baystate Health is scheduled to hold two virtual conferences in November to improve care for patients with substance use disorder.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Baystate Health, the virtual conference on Thursday, November 5 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is for inpatient healthcare providers and the virtual conference on Thursday, November 12, also from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is for outpatient healthcare providers.

The two programs are organized by the Baystate Health Addiction Task Force and Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education and are made possible by a grant from CVS Health.

The release states that the conferences will provide an update on the state of substance use disorder in western Massachusetts, as well as offer novel harm reduction principles, treatments, and resources that can be easily incorporated into clinical practice.

The courses are designed for all healthcare providers, including physicians, pharmacists, advanced practitioners, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, and staff, both inpatient and outpatient in western Massachusetts. 

The Inpatient conference will feature the following topics:

  • SUD as a Disease/Basic Treatment
  • Scope of the Problem in Our Community
  • Stigma and Bias in SUD
  • Principles of Harm Reduction
  • Hospitals as a Healing Environment
  • Special Populations – The Pregnant Patient
  • Answering the Hard Questions
  • Connecting with Community Resources.

The Outpatient conference topics will include:

  • Basic of SUD
  • SUD and Racial Disparities
  • Stigmas and Bias in SUD
  • Principles of Harm Reduction
  • Establishing SUD Treatments in Your Practice
  • Special Populations – The Pregnant Patient
  • Connecting with Community Resources
  • Answering the Hard Questions

The cost to attend each virtual conference is $20. Students, residents, and non-medical professionals can register for free using the coupon code “COMP” at checkout. Preregistration for the conferences is available at

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