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AAMU's Opioid Project Gets Recognition

Opioid team
October 17, 2022

Competition Scheduled Oct. 20 at Athens State

The Alabama A&M University College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CEHBS) has announced that the AAMU Opioid Impacted Family Support Training (OIFST) program was selected recently as a regional winner of the Governor’s Work-Based Best Practice.

AAMU will be a contender for the Governor’s Seal of Excellence in Work-Based Learning competing with other Universities. Region 1 conference presentation will be at Athens State University on Thursday, October 20.

Funding from the Department of Health Resources and Services (HRSA) allowed AAMU’s Department of Social Work to train Master of Social Work (MSW) students to work with families affected by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD) in medically underserved areas throughout Alabama's northern region.

The AAMU Opioid-Impacted Family Support Traineeship Grant (OIFST), acquired by Dr. Katina Lang-Lindsey (PI) and Dr. Sam Choi (Co-PI), is part of Alabama's attempts to address the opioid epidemic in both rural and urban regions. Dora Cook is a project coordinator.

As an Apprenticeship Sponsored Program, the Department of Social Work will collaborate with agencies in over 19 counties in Northern Alabama to help close service-delivery gaps in hard-to-reach communities throughout Alabama.