The Eastern Sierra Substance Use Project (ESSUP) is a collaborative gathering of public and private sector community partners with a goal of reducing the harmful effects of substance use. We seek to enhance prevention, treatment and harm reduction services and to reduce stigma.
A collaborative and cohesive community group that promotes understanding of substance use as a disease and improving treatment and harm reduction access and strategies.
Promote health and dignity for all.
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How can ESSUP support your training needs??
Do you want to attend a conference or a training but are unable to afford it? ESSUP can help with the funds to support substance use educational needs. Email Jacinda to discuss further.
The next ESSUP meeting is our virtual conference
Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 9am-1pm.
9-10am Opening remarks from Robin Roberts, Narcan Distribution in Mono County (Jacinda)
10-11am Serving People who Use Fentanyl: Kristen Marshall
What to know about fentanyl and people who use it.
11-12pm Hooked: Surviving Tobacco & Nicotine use: John Phillip Dietsch Hire
John will reflect on the socio-economic conditions of addiction, shed light on the role that nicotine and tobacco use play as a form of structural violence, promote civic engagement and self-reliance to fight addiction.
12-1pm Greif and substance use: Brooke Briggance
Closing remarks- Jacinda
**Pick up a free conference resource bag from 4-5pm on November 30th in the Civic Center lobby.
All are welcomed to join, forward this invite or post this flyer to share information about this event to all.
No registration is needed, just click the zoom link: https://monocounty.zoom.us/j/99627064192
September 9, 2021
July 7, 2021
Recording of meeting:
May 19, 2021
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
April 7, 2021
October 23, 2019
October 6, 2020
MARCH 3, 2021
January 22, 2020
Substance Use Task Force Member Survey
JANUARY 6, 2021
Check out these podcasts!
Render: The Harm Reduction Podcast (Spotify)
Created by the NASTAD/JSI Strengthening Systems of Care Project
New episode titled “Safe Consumption Sites: Reducing Fatal Overdoses and Increasing Linkage of Care.” The Connecting Care podcast is a discussion-based podcast, in which Dr. Alex Walley at Boston Medical Center and colleagues share their experiences providing integrated HIV and Opioid Use services through patient case studies. Please see below for information on the most recent podcast episode on safe consumption spaces.
Gen Green by Young Adults Fighting Tobacco
Check out episode: The New Menthol: Vaping & Covid-19
Gen Green crew goes over new, crucial research on the connection between vaping and contracting Covid-19 - dissecting the medical realities of smoking and vaping in an accessible manner. Further through the episode, our co-hosts dive into aspects of youth psychology, dank memes, and substance abuse. For the long-term activists, health advocates from the health field, and younger listeners: we are indebted to your efforts and support that you have provided to this program. You are all profoundly appreciated.
Undoing Drugs: The untold story of harm reduction and the future of addiction
by Maia Szalavitz
Dopamine Nation: Finding balance in the age of indulgence
by Dr. Anna Lembke
Upcoming Live Trainings and outreach events
NOVEMBER 9-10, 2021 • 60+ SPEAKERS • VIRTUAL EVENT
INNOVATION, EQUITY, AND CROSS-SECTOR SOLUTIONS IN OVERDOSE PREVENTION, JUSTICE, AND TREATMENT
If you are unable to attend due to lack of funds, please email Jacinda (email@example.com) to request assistance as we have grant funds to cover the costs.
Watch the recording from a training from NASTAD and partners which discusses how changes to the U.S. drug supply during the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting the health and safety of users, and the programmatic responses by harm reduction and public health organizations. Watch Recording
Ask, Advise, Refer webinar for health care professionals:
The “Ask, Advise, Refer” webinar educates health care professionals about
evidence-based intervention strategies that can be used in any practice to
assist in guiding conversations for tobacco and nicotine cessation in an
effective way to encourage patient engagement.
Monday, October 18 at 2pm to 3pm ET
SAVE THE DATE! November 3-5, 2021
Virtual Learning Summit from the Alliance for Collaborative Drug Checking. Learn from spectrometer technicians, syringe service providers, chemists, psychonauts, researchers, and people who use drugs from different countries about their experiences and lessons learned.
National Harm Reduction
Don’t miss the recording of last week’s panel, facilitated by National Harm Reduction Coalition medical director Dr. Kim Sue, discussing Maia Szalavitz’s new book, Undoing Drugs, and exploring the past, present, and future of harm reduction Panelists include Monique Tula, Sessi Blanchard, and Maia Szalavitz. Watch the recording here.
A free policy and advocacy community engagement toolkit (self paced online curriculum)
National Harm Reduction Coalition presents it’s inaugural fundraising gala: Liberation + Libations, taking place on November 20, 2021 at 8:00 - 9:30 PM EST, this virtual event is being held to support the national ongoing work of preventing overdoses and developing, amplifying and celebrating the voices of people who use drugs.
SAVE THE DATE: National Harm Reduction Coalition presents it’s inaugural fundraising gala: Liberation + Libations, taking place on November 20, 2021 at 8:00 - 9:30 PM EST
This virtual event is being held to support the national ongoing work of preventing overdoses and developing, amplifying and celebrating the voices of people who use drugs.Attendees of the Liberation + Libations gala will hear from several voices in the harm reduction community — and will be treated to music, a silent auction, and performances/art by community members. We will also have guest appearances and speeches from harm reductionists around the nation. Most importantly, this will be a time to celebrate our community. We will be giving “community choice awards” to harm reduction programs and we would love for you to nominate your favorite Harm Reduction Program to be honored.
National Harm Reduction Coalition facilitates trainings around the country. We open our virtual doors to individuals and teams seeking training on important evidence-based harm reduction strategies.
Engage in vital conversations. Educators can find interactive
lesson plans about opioids for middle and high school
A collaboration of Anthem and the National Urban League.
Keep your community safe. Leaders can find resources for
leading discussions with young people. (Ideal for clubs, faith based
organizations, and other groups.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any live trainings to share
Recorded or On-Demand Trainings
NEWLY ADDED VIDEOS!
Meet the Partner: Saving Lives by Understanding the Role of Pediatricians in Treating Adolescent Substance Use
California perinatal opioid use disorder and mental health screening training
Part 1: Register to watch the recorded webinar that the National Harm Reduction Coalition.
Part 2: Register to watch recorded webinar
Don’t miss this panel of harm reduction programs discussing access for their participants that want the vaccine and support those that are not ready or do not want the vaccine using a harm reduction approach.
LOCAL: Eastern Sierra Substance Use Conference (virtual)
This was an all-day event on December 2, 2020 with 6 speakers, 2 panel sessions (community and professional/community discussion). Topics ranging from MAT, harm reduction, stigma, perinatal substance use, hepatitis and so much more. Event was recorded, see recording link below.
(FYI: 1 hr break for lunch in middle)
The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) hosted an 11-week webinar series with the goal of consolidating learning from the quick transition to behavioral telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinars teach practical skills to support improvement of behavioral telehealth and are tailored to mental health and substance use disorder providers as well as their supervisors.
This three-part presentation is designed to help you learn Motivational Interviewing and how to apply it in your practice. It discusses the core principles of Motivational Interviewing and provides case studies for practice.
Psychological First Aid course offered by John Hopkins University:
*Note – the course is free unless you want a certificate ($49 for certificate)
Implicit Bias Training: UCLA Implicit training resource site. Take an implicit bias test, review recorded implicit bias training videos and other implicit bias training resources.
General training to review Naloxone, harm reduction measures and information about accessing services. This training is required for staff distributing Naloxone to community members through the Mono County Naloxone Distribution Program.
One of many talks at the Agents of Change Summit 2020
Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction, from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power -- nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: "Find your nature and be nice to yourself.
Online curriculums/CEU opportunities
Specific to Providers/Nurses/first responders:
Archived Online Trainings and Resources
ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
ACE's Aware : The ACEs Aware initiative offers Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. The two-hour online curriculum is easy to access for a wide range of health care professionals and will provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.
Cannabis among youth: awareness and prevention- video recorded training (1hr 30min)
PRINCIPLES OF HARM REDUCTION: Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs
Applying CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids: Module 5: Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) (Free on demand training with CEUs)
Visit Mono County Tobacco Education Program website for cessation resources/trainings and Mono County Prevention Coalition website for meeting information and trainings.
Spirituality/Faith based harm reduction
The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction
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