The overall goal of the REACH training program is to increase the number of physicians and advanced health professionals adequately trained to work with under-represented minority patients with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) was awarded this SAMHSA grant over 5 years starting October 2018. Dr. Ayana Jordan, a AAAP member, is the Medical/Project Director of this initiative and an addiction psychiatrist on the faculty at Yale, in the Department of Psychiatry. She works very closely with REACH co-medical director, Dr. Jeanette Tetrault, an addiction medicine specialist, and program director of the addiction medicine fellowship at Yale. Yale was chosen to work with AAAP to lead this effort, specifically the Addiction Psychiatry (ADP) and Addiction Medicine (ADM) fellowship programs at Yale School of Medicine, as they offer a diverse network of physicians, psychologists, and advanced health professionals with expertise in providing culturally-informed care, in the area of behavioral health and medicine. The program takes advantage of the collaborative nature and robust didactic training modules presently held between ADP and ADM, which emphasize the unique medical and mental health needs, often overlooked when addressing substance use disorders in under-representing populations.
Essential Elements For REACH
The essential elements for the REACH program include: (1) an intensive 1-week course at Yale that will teach participants (advanced health professional trainees, medical students, residents and addiction fellows), collectively known as REACH scholars, about key structures that create and perpetuate health disparities in addiction and co-occurring mental disorders, and ways to mitigate these factors, (2) direct mentorship to scholars appropriate to level of training, about how to pursue an effective career in addiction, focusing on patients with substance use disorders in under-represented communities and, (3) participant engagement in ongoing scholarly endeavors in providing care in underserved communities, and (4) continuous quality improvement about best practices related to evidenced-based, culturally-informed health care by the involvement of an external Advisory Board. REACH scholars will also receive a stipend, with fellows in particular, being offered a fully funded fellowship position at their respective training programs. We are excited to teach, educate and train the future of addiction specialists to take care of patients in a culturally responsive way, which does not perpetuate health care disparities in addiction! All applications will be completed electronically. To be considered for the REACH program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.