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Faculty from Yale Global Addictions Network Receive Grant to Create Joint Training Program with The University of Jordan

September 30, 2021

Faculty from the Yale Institute for Global Health Global Addictions Network in partnership with faculty from The University of Jordan School of Pharmacy received a two-year grant from the US Department of State via the American Embassy in Amman Public Affairs Office to create a joint addiction training program between Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Pharmacy at The University of Jordan.

International statistics show that only 1 in 10 people with substance use disorder receive treatment, indicating a substantial treatment gap globally. Primary reasons for this gap in the United States as well as the Middle East and North African region include social and cultural stigma, lack of addiction-specific training for healthcare providers, and limited resources. The proposed program aims to bilaterally share expertise and provide the opportunity of exchange between academic institutions for both faculty and students on the identification and treatment of substance use disorder while paying specific attention to cultural competency.

The principal investigator for the project is Dr. Jeanette Tetrault from the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine and Section of General Internal Medicine. Other team members include Drs. Kaveh Khoshnood (Program in Addiction Medicine, Yale School of Public Health), Ryan McNeil (Program in Addiction Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health), Srinivas Muvvala (Program in Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine), as well as Rebecca Minahan-Rowley, LMSW (Program in Addiction Medicine). Jordanian collaborators include Drs. Mayyada Wazaify (School of Pharmacy, The University of Jordan), and Rana Abu-Dahab (Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of Jordan) as well as Yara Al-Khateeb, BSc (School of Pharmacy, The University of Jordan)

The Yale Program in Addiction Medicine works to expand access to and improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment services for substance use. To learn more, visit the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine website, or follow them on Twitter.

Submitted by Jane E. Dee on September 29, 2021