ICH and partners receive research grant from RIZE Massachusetts Foundation

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ICH, in collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Medical Center, has received a grant to conduct qualitative research examining racial/ethnic inequities in access to post-overdose treatment for Boston residents.

Below is an excerpt from RIZE Massachusetts’ press release about this funding. The full story can be found here:

BOSTON – October 23, 2019 – RIZE Massachusetts Foundation (RIZE), an independent nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, announced today that it is awarding more than $1 million in grants to support harm reduction services and research projects that will have long-term impact on the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.

“RIZE advances the work of local organizations at the front lines of this crisis and supports the research needed to identify meaningful and long-lasting solutions,” said Steve Pollock, President and CEO of DentaQuest and Chair of the RIZE Board of Directors.

RIZE awarded nearly $500,000 to three organizations—Brandeis University, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine—that launched its Insights and Solutions: Massachusetts Opioid Crisis grant program.

Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in collaboration with the Institute for Community Health and Boston Medical Center (BMC), will examine the experiences and service-seeking behaviors of diverse Boston residents in the 30 days following an opioid overdose in order to understand factors that influence access to treatment and identify opportunities for systems change. Part of the research includes interviewing participants from BPHC’s Post Overdose Response Team, the city of Boston’s Engagement Center, and participants who have been hospitalized for an opioid overdose at BMC or accessed services at BMC’s Project TRUST.

“In a recent report, the Boston Public Health Commission identified racial inequities in accessing care, specifically that Black and Latinx residents have much lower odds of receiving subsequent treatment following an overdose,” said Monica Valdez Lupi, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “This new and important grant funding will empower a city-wide team of collaborators to not only illuminate new understanding for why these racial inequities may exist but also develop lived-experience based recommendations that our healthcare providers may act upon.”