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March 15 forum: Understanding addiction and recovery

Public Health Portland Style spring series focuses on drug epidemic, sexual assault, peer mentoring



Reframing Addiction and Recovery” will discuss the portrayal of addiction in physical and behavioral health care settings, the criminal justice system and the general public. Local experts will provide suggestions for addressing individual and structural stigmas, as well as treatment access, from a community-based perspective.

The event is free and open to the public; minors are invited to attend.


Hosted by the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the forum will feature:

  • Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of Improving Addiction Care Team, or IMPACT, in the OHSU School of Medicine
  • Chris Colasurdo, student in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and IMPACT peer support specialist. Colasurdo is in opioid addiction recovery.
  • Lydia Bartholow, P.M.H.N.P., specialist in substance use disorder and trauma-informed systems of care


Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 6 p.m.


Lucky Lab, 1945 N.W. Quimby Street, Portland, OR

Media interested in attending should RSVP to 503-494-8231 or Interviews prior to the event are available upon request.


Public Health Portland Style is a monthly series designed to open dialogue about key issues that affect residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The presentations feature timely topics about public health issues such as health care reform, homelessness, gun violence and veteran’s care.

Upcoming Public Health Portland Style events this spring include:

  • April 19, 2018: “Sexual assault amongst persons with disability”
  • May 17, 2018: “Peers helping peers: Peer support and recovery mentors”


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