Dismantling structural addiction stigma in law: Policies for systematic change

Families, Systems, & Health

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In this editorial, authors Sarah Hemeida and Daniel Goldberg assert stigma is an under-recognized health malady that is both rampant for vulnerable communities and difficult to measure for researchers. Stigma has enormous and compounding negative health impacts, associated with lower education levels, employment and income, and poorer control of chronic conditions and illness. Stigmatizing laws against individuals with addiction have a powerful role in downstream health, including opportunities for employment, access to health insurance, self-stereotyping, and reduced willingness to access recovery resources.

In addition to traditional interventions such as peer supports, addiction counselors, and community-based rehabilitation programs, the legal determinants of health contributing to structural stigma against substance use disorder need to be addressed and corrected.
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Politics, not doctors, place transgender children at risk

Denver Post Op/Ed

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Gender-affirming care is not child abuse say experts Warren Binford, JD, Ed.M and Mary Kelly Persyn, JD.  At a time when political divisions and partisanship threaten to upend society, it is more important than ever to ensure that social policies are informed by research and evidence, not misinformation and hysteria, especially when it comes to children in their formative years.  When transgender youth do not receive affirming love and care, they suffer.  According to a survey just released by The Trevor Project, 94% of LGBTQ youth reported in 2022 that current political attacks were taking a toll on their mental health.  Read article>>


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The Aspen Ethical Leadership Program supports ethical awareness, analysis and action. The toughest ethical challenges faced by health care leaders are almost always politically contentious, extremely complex, and emotionally fraught. The knowledge and practical skills required for ethical leadership are rarely taught in health professional or business schools. As a result, health care executives need a welcoming and safe space where they can acquire and practice ethical leadership skills to address these challenges. The AELP explores the ethical issues of the moment in a caring, collegial, and confidential environment. The unique case-study format and methodology provide a practical framework for developing skills for ethical awareness, deliberative assessment, and strategic values-driven action. Learn more>>
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Neuron Forest by Katie Caron

| 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Artist Katie Caron is creating a unique, imaginary experience of the human brain using fiberglass, tree branches and video projection mapping. This immersive environment and exhibit opens on Thursday, September 22nd.
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"one, one thousand..." Photographs by Debe Arlook

| 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
“one, one thousand…” is a love story and an unconventional documentary exposing the impact a rare and incurable form of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome) has on the artist’s sister and nephew’s experiences of life-long care.
Debe Arlook’s intimate photographs, accompanied by her sister’s writings, reveal the inner and outer worlds of a caregiver and the one being cared for. Opening on September 19th. VISIT EXHIBIT WEBPAGE>>
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Research Rounds: Examining breakthrough research in bioethics
Inaugural presentation by Mildred Cho, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Stanford University and Associate Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Cho will present findings from interviews of developers at companies developing machine learning-based tools for health care, including analysis of their perspectives on potential harms of their work and responsibilities to mitigate those harms. RSVP Today>>
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