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2021 Annual Meeting

The Consortium hosted its ninth annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28. Videos and slide presentations from many of the sessions can be found using the accordion folders below.

You also can download the agenda.

General session video and slides

Concurrent sessions videos and slides

Session Description: A Trauma- and Resilience-Informed System (TRIS), is a systems change framework intentionally utilized to create an organizational culture which improves healthcare services for individuals affected by trauma while addressing the impact of trauma on the workforce. This workshop will introduce TRIS, discuss why to implement trauma- and resilience-informed culture change in the healthcare setting, and provide resources/tools for participants interested in starting the TRIS journey.

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Session Description: Panelists will discuss how to start a rural syringe access program (SAP). SCHRA’s CEO will describe how their model began with street outreach and grew into a comprehensive center offering harm reduction services, infectious disease testing, co-located MAT, and recovery peer services. New Hampshire’s HIV/HCV Resource Center will describe how they started a grassroots peer-to-peer secondary distribution syringe exchange in rural New Hampshire, which transitioned to a mobile SAP during the pandemic. CDPHE’s Biomedical Intervention Coordinator will describe the various sources of state and federal funding available to start and maintain a SAP in Colorado.

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Session Description: This session will include discussions regarding:- PDMP training resources and tutorial documents concerning registration and use of the PDMP for prescribers, pharmacists and delegate users and unsolicited reports sent by the Colorado PDMP
– PDMP integration with EHRs, EMRs and pharmacy management systems
– Q&A concerning the Colorado PDMP

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Session Description: Recent new developments in Colorado, including state statute and funding, has served to enhance the use of trained peers in various settings. Participants will learn about some successes in utilizing peer support professionals and about the current status of workforce development opportunities for peer support professionals. There will be open discussion about what else can be done in Colorado to further advance the profession of the peer support workforce, including increasing the number of supervisors who are peers and occupying other positions of professional and organizational leadership.

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Video recording to come

Session Description: There is a growing crisis of patient harm resulting from prescribed benzodiazepines, a class of medications traditionally indicated for anxiety, sleep, and anesthesia. While benzodiazepines have some benefit, they are often prescribed in the absence of adequate research and for far longer than the recommended time limitation of two to four weeks. This session looks at the benzodiazepine crisis from the perspectives of medical professionals, affected patients, and community organizers. The goal of this session is to increase knowledge about safer prescribing and deprescribing of benzodiazepines.

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