Reducing Discriminatory Practices in Clinical Settings Webcast

The third episode in a free 4-part webcast series entitled, The Power of Perceptions and Understanding, brought to you by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration and the Recovery Research Institute.

Reducing Discriminatory Practices in Clinical Settings


This webcast discusses the discriminatory practices against individuals suffering from a substance use disorder that not only exist in criminal justice or community settings, but in health care settings as well. This webcast explores the nature and extent of this type of discrimination, its origins and perpetuating factors, and tackles the challenge of reducing discriminatory practices in the healthcare workplace. For more information visit:


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Dr. MICHAEL BIERER, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician at MGH.  Dr. Bierer became the first clinician in the Homeless Clinic at MGH as part of the Boston HealthCare for the Homeless Program, and went onto lead the MGH effort for 13 years. He is boarded in Internal Medicine and in Addiction Medicine. He helps coordinate, and teaches in, the addiction/psychiatry Ambulatory Specialty Rotation for medical residents, and is an active member of the Addiction Consultation Team launched in 2014 as part of the MGH Substance Use Disorders Initiative.  He serves as President of the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. JOHN RENNER is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Associate Chief of Psychiatry at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Since 1979 he has worked at the VA Boston Healthcare System, where he directs their outpatient addiction treatment program. In addition, he is Director of the joint Boston University/VA Boston Addiction Psychiatry Residency and Associate Director of the Boston University Medical Center General Psychiatry Residency Program.

TOM CODERRE is the Senior Advisor to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, where he serves as a liaison to the General Assembly and coordinates the state’s response to the opioid crisis. In 2014 he was appointed by President Obama as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). While at SAMHSA, Tom led the team which produced “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” the first report from a U.S. Surgeon General dedicated to this public health crisis. He is the former National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and has an extensive background in government, serving as a member of the Rhode Island Senate from 1995-2003 and as chief of staff to the Senate President from 2009-2014.

JOHN KELLY, PhD, ABPP is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School – the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is also the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Moderated By Ivette Torres



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