MARTI-CBH is launching a new
initiative focusing on the region’s alarming opioid/heroin epidemic. The
objective is to learn more about treatment barriers and to provide local
communities with outreach resources, such as online prevention and intervention
resources for local communities and their stakeholders and participating in a
number of community forums addressing this health problem.
There has been a growing
opioid/heroin addiction epidemic across the nation, and especially in Indiana
and surrounding counties. MARTI-CBH’s associates are addressing the epidemic
through research and diverse outreach efforts, among them, the Health
Disparities Lecture Series, online resources, MARTI Summer School conference,
Kacie’s Cause subchapter, and International Overdose Awareness Day.
Victor Garcia, director of MARTI-CBH
and distinguished university professor in the Department of Anthropology, and
Alex Heckert, associate director of MARTI-CBH and chairperson of the Department
of Sociology, will spearhead this initiative. Other MARTI-CBH personnel who are
involved are Christian Vaccaro and Melissa Swauger, research associates; Erick Lauber, director of leadership training and research at MARTI-CBH and professor in the Department of Journalism;
Crystal Deemer, training and conference coordinator; Lisa McCann and Shelly
Maras, sociology graduate assistants; and Brigitte Burrell and Nancy Sosa Lopez,
MARTI research assistants and anthropology majors.
information about the initiative, see Heroin/Opioid Research
and Outreach Initiative.