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

Demonstrators gather at Texas State Capitol to speak against transgender-related legislation in May_2021
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>>



Eye to Eye: Portraits of Pride, Strength, Beauty

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These are your neighbors, your friends, your relatives, your colleagues, your patients. They are older women. They are part of the LGBTQ community. They’ve been whispered about, shouted at, insulted, rejected, isolated. But here they are, strong and brave. Why do we make it so difficult for people to be who they really are? And how can we make it better, and safer for them to speak out and be heard?
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A Thorn in My Side: Paintings by Sandra Kaplan

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A beautiful, healing art exhibit that offers visitors both respite and balm during these challenging times. Kaplan's paintings may be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, as well as in Stockholm, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Japan. Her work has been seen and discussed in the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Art in America, and Artist Magazine. COVID precautions limit access to the exhibit to CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff.
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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. Learn more>>
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