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VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES: Dr. Claradina Soto
May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDTFree
Statewide Collaborative Partnerships Among American Indian And Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities In California To Target The Opioid Epidemic
Dr. Claradina Soto
Department of Preventive Medicine
American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities in California have disproportionately been impacted by the opioid epidemic with the second highest opioid-related overdose death rates compared to other ethnic groups. A CA statewide community-based needs assessment was conducted to understand the identified strengths, weaknesses and available resources to address substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) in AIAN communities among AI/AN adult and youth and Tribal health care providers. Results and recommendations will be highlighted about the importance of comprehensive and culturally centered care to address prevention, treatment, and recovery needs of AIAN communities in CA to reduce SUD and OUD.
Dr. Claradina Soto is a full-time assistant clinical professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. She teaches undergraduate courses in the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Global Health Program and graduate courses in the Master of Public Health program. With more than 15 years working in tobacco control with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, she has conducted statewide tobacco control work with numerous tribes to provide commercial tobacco education, prevention, cessation services, policy implementation and media campaigns to counter the pro-tobacco influences by the tobacco industry.
Currently, she is a co-investigator with an NIH/FDA-funded Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science grant to understand and assess the impact of FDA tobacco regulations in small independent tobacco retail stores on tribal lands in California. Dr. Soto is a longtime advocate for the AI/AN communities and other priority populations to advance health equity and reduce health disparities.