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Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare (REACH) Program



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

Cohort 1 Scholarly Projects and Webinars

We are so proud of our scholars! The table above shows the Scholarly Projects that are being carried out by the Fellows in Cohort 1.

Above is the schedule of webinars and topics for the first year of the REACH program. We have invited many leading experts in the field to deliver exception webinars for our scholars on topics related to improving the care of URMs with SUDs. We are extremely grateful for their time and expertise.

Application Instructions

The REACH application is closed as of January 15th, 11:59 pm (EST). We are not accepting any more applications for the 2020/21 cohort. Please consider applying again next year. If you have any questions, please contact the program manager.


Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081358 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, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)


American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is a professional membership organization for learning and sharing the art and science of Addiction Psychiatry research and clinical practice. An organization of psychiatrists, faculty, medical students, residents and fellows and related health professionals committed to evidence-based clinical practices and research in the prevention, identification and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. Click here to visit the AAAP website.