Skip to Main Content


The REACH Program (Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare) is a year-long training program designed to supplement the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and allied health professional trainees in ways to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic underrepresented minority patients with substance use disorders.

The overall goal of the REACH training program is to: (1) increase the overall number of racial and ethnic underrepresented minority (URM) addiction specialists in the Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine workforce, and (2) increase the number of addiction specialists adequately trained to work with racial and ethnic URM patients with substance use disorders.

The REACH program is a 5-year initiative, beginning in October 2018, funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). Working with Yale University, the REACH program provides training in culturally-informed care in the area of behavioral health and medicine. REACH provides funding for fellowship positions (up to $104,000) for Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry Programs across the nation.

REACH Leadership

Kathryn Cates-Wessel, CEO of AAAP, Principle Investigator
Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Project/Medical Director
Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP, FASAM, Assistant Medical Director
Dafna Paltin, Project Manager

For questions, please contact the program manager, Dafna Paltin, at

Funding and To Learn More

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD

Funding this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5H79TI081358-02 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

To learn more about the REACH program and how to apply, visit