Forum held on April 27, 2016
Join us on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at the Omni Parker House for a forum entitled “Reducing Risky Alcohol Use: What Health Care Systems Can Do.” Risky alcohol use results in significant costs to health care systems, governments, employers, and patients totaling over $249 billion annually. This forum will address strategies that health care systems can use to reduce risky drinking in Massachusetts. We will highlight models that are working around the country and share expertise from Massachusetts policy makers, health insurers and providers. This work is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.
Forum held on December 10, 2015
Join us on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Omni Parker House for a half-day forum entitled “Severe Brain Injury in Massachusetts: Assessing the Continuum of Care." This forum will examine treatment and service disparities for survivors of severe brain injury in light of coverage expansions and health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research will quantify the problems, costs, and the potential consequences to both the brain injury survivors and the state as a whole. The forum will explore potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources. This work is funded through generous grants from Supportive Living, Inc. and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. Video Testimony from Acquired Brain Injury Survivors
Forum held on November 17, 2015
Join us on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Courtyard Boston Downtown for a forum entitled “Improving Access to Substance Abuse Treatment and Reducing Incarceration and Recidivism.” A presentation of the latest research will be followed by a panel discussion with top state officials and stakeholders moderated by WBUR’s Martha Bebinger. This forum will provide data and analysis on access to substance abuse treatment with a focus on potential alternatives to incarceration. It builds on our 2014 forum on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and behavioral health services, with a focus on: *Disparities in access to quality substance abuse treatment *A review of evidence-based options *More effective treatment particularly for high users of the health care system *Treatment as an alternative or supplement to incarceration This work is funded through generous grants from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The issue brief is also supported by the Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment.