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The New Voice of SUD: Let’s Grow Together

The New Voice of SUD: Let’s Grow Together

By Southeast ATTC
SATTC is always looking to “Level Up”. This podcast is a way to engage the community in a fresh, new way to have candid conversations on the amazing work we do surrounding substance use, behavioral health, and opioid use disorder.
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S2 E2: Crossing the Prevention Bridge to Treatment and Recovery: The SUD Equity Journey

The New Voice of SUD: Let’s Grow Together

S2 E2: Crossing the Prevention Bridge to Treatment and Recovery: The SUD Equity Journey

The New Voice of SUD: Let’s Grow Together

Coffee Break w/ Celene Craig: Flipping the Script on the Voice Behind the Mic
Coffee Break !! Time to catch a cup of hot joe on the latest at Southeast ATTC. This bonus episode will highlight SATTC staff member, Celene Craig, MPH, MS, as we flip the script on the voice behind the mic of our podcast. We will discuss why is it important to have a multifaceted approach to public health issues and how having a niche in addiction can better assist future physicians and healthcare professionals. Sponsorships: off for this episode
June 07, 2021
S2 E5: Serving Marginalized Communities X Impacts of IPV
In this episode, we focus our attention on substance use coercion including the common forms, the effects on survivors, and how providers address the needs equitably by integrating services. Our conversation suggests that integrated services uniquely benefit survivors and are associated with decreased substance use and experiences of violence. We highlight this topic as new resources have been released from the National Center on Domestic violence, Trauma, and Mental Health in late 2020. Resources: Substance Use Coercion as a Barrier to Safety, Recovery, and Economic Stability: Implications for Policy, Research, and Practice: Technical Expert Meeting Summary and Report Understanding Substance Use Coercion in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Policy and Practice: Summary of Findings Literature Review: Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Use Coercion, and the Need for Integrated Service Models Our Guest Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health | Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Director of Policy and Practice on Domestic Violence and Substance Use at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, as well as a senior lecturer and coordinator of the addiction training program at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting people impacted by structural and interpersonal violence. Currently, Gabriela's author's best practices provide trauma-informed policy consultation to advance racial equity, as well as capacity building related to serving marginalized communities impacted by violence, trauma, and other social determinants of health, nationally, and internationally.
March 29, 2021
S2 E4: Addiction Equity X Policy Progression
In this episode, we focus our attention on recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. The collaboration jointly released “Evaluating State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Statutes,” with 32 states receiving a failing grade for statues designed to ensure equal access to mental health and addiction treatment. We spoke to Megan on the next steps, broke down some jargon, and defined the basics of Addiction Equity. We promote and raise awareness on how to be involved in the addiction community to garner policy change in the Southeast.  Resources:  Evaluating State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Statutes: A Technical Report The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act YelloPain - My Vote Don't Count (A civics lesson via hip hop song) ========================================================================== ABOUT OUR GUEST Megan Douglas, JD is the Director of Health Policy for the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA. Megan is a licensed attorney whose research focuses on studying how laws and policies can be used to improve health and eliminate health disparities. She has expertise in health information technology, Medicaid, primary care, behavioral health, and health equity. Megan is also the course director for the Health Policy and Advocacy rotation, offered to MSM medical students and residents, which teaches them about the policymaking process and ways to leverage clinical experience to inform policy.  Megan received her law degree from Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law, where she interned with the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Hospital Association, and the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), a medical-legal partnership assisting low-income patients of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with legal needs that impacted their health. After graduation, Megan became a joint fellow with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s Health Policy Leadership Fellowship program at MSM and the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) program at GSU. Megan serves on the Advisory Council for HeLP and the Community Advisory Council for the Center for Leadership in Disability at GSU.
January 14, 2021
S2 E3: Parenting Through Your Recovery Journey
In this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Technology Transfer Specialist and President and CEO of Inentional Begginnings, LLC, Sharon Hesseltine. We turn our attention to the stigma and barriers that women face while parenting or pregnant while being challenged with substance use disorder (SUD). Sharon highlights her personal journey as a mother while plowing through her road to recovery. She also debunks some common myths of being pregnant with a SUD.  Listeners will get a overview of her newest project, "Providing Peer-Based Recovery Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families".  ============================================== About our guest, Sharon Hesseltine, BSW Sharon is the President and CEO of Intentional Beginnings Consulting & Training, a small non-profit with the mission of strengthening organizations and individuals serving those who experience substance use disorders, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and trauma. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University in 1981, and in 2011 completed a two-year post-graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. For over 30 years Sharon has worked in Public Health and specialized in early childhood development, women’s health, and addiction. Her career has ranged from providing direct services to women through managing two sober living residences to designing and facilitating statewide and local collaborative initiatives that call on her skills in public policy, strategic planning, cross-sector collaboration, program assessment, and marketing. She is a national trainer, Technology Transfer Specialist, and facilitator for multiple organizations including the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC), and the Opioid Response Network. In 2018, Sharon took the lead in developing SUD specific training for Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Sharon is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with addiction and developing the capacity of communities, organizations, and individuals to better meet the needs of individuals with substance use disorders. With her husband, Scott Hesseltine, she currently resides in Louisville, KY.
December 09, 2020
S2 E2: Crossing the Prevention Bridge to Treatment and Recovery: The SUD Equity Journey
This episode is a product of the Southeast TTC Critical Thought Leaders Collaboration. In this episode, we have the pleasure of speaking on health equity/health disparities from the lens of innovation and how to connect substance use prevention to treatment/recovery efforts. We speak with Nicole Augustine on how the environment can pose barriers and challenges for organizations to properly serve.  Furthermore, we have a chance to discuss a national discussion (Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Center collaboration) surrounding emerging issues around COVID-19 and social determinants of health (SDH) for the substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery workforce. The initial listening session framed the ongoing and emerging issues and subsequent strategic discussions to engage key communities, the intent was to gather strategies and resources to identify emerging best practices that can support underserved and/or communities of color. Nicole also introduces her position and future projects of purpose.  Check out the COVID and SDH national discussion here Learn More about Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Learn More about Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) ========================================================================= BIO Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC has been working in the field of prevention since 2001.  She has a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University School of Public Health.  As a prevention consultant, she has several years of experience facilitating prevention education curriculums and providing technical assistance to coalitions in the development of environmental strategies.  Nicole is a passionate prevention provider, committed to supporting initiatives designed to address the complex substance use issues affecting our society.  Additionally, Nicole is committed to seeing an increase in the number of credential prevention professionals, as a means of ensuring the delivery of evidence-informed practices.
November 19, 2020
S2 Ep1: The New Normal: Ethnic Sensitivities and SUDs
Welcome back and we are glad you returned! This is the opening episode of the new 2nd season.  This episode will feature, Joy Ssebikindu, LPC graduate from Vanderbilt University (BA, Sociology and Child Development) and MEd in Clinical Mental Health counseling. We speak on health disparities in the southeast, the African American substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery experience. As well as, the role of faith-based communities in recovery, and levels of care. Joy comes with over a decade of professional experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families at all levels of care (ranging from inpatient to outpatient clinical care).  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who have issues with communication, family transitions including divorce, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and disordered eating/eating disorders.  Currently, as a Treatment Placement Specialist with Acadia Healthcare, she walks every day in her passion. "I'm not here to keep you from freaking out. I'm here to be with you while you freak out, or grieve or laugh or suffer or sing. It is a ministry of presence. It is showing up with a loving heart."  This mantra sits at the core of all that Joy Ssebikindu does, both personally and professionally.
October 02, 2020
S1 Ep8: Opening a Window Of Opportunity
In our last episode for the very first season of SATTC's pilot podcast, we talk with Takeya McDonald.  A Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) with experience serving children and adolescent, primarily with behavioral modification and family systems, as well as adults in recovery from drug and alcohol use. She has assisted clients to explore interests, identify transferable skills, effective coping with issues such as depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships.  We speak with Takeya about the challenges she is faced with daily working with migrant/homeless populations as a Intensive Case Manager at Community Friendship Inc, as well as her love for being a therapist. Takeya has exceptional organizational and communication skills while fostering relationships at the state and local level.  She received her Master's Degree in Counseling: Mental Health and Wellness from New York University, as well as her BA in Psychology from DePaul University. To learn more about Community Friendship Inc. click HERE Thank you for supporting our podcast! Have a happy new year!
December 30, 2019
S1 Ep7: Minority to Priority : Lessons Learned
Both Health Policy Associate Fellows at Morehouse School of Medicine's Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Dr. Melissa Sexton, PhD, MDiv, LMFT, works with college and graduate students, individuals and couples seeking counseling, women who struggle with self-esteem issues, people seeking career changes, people having a crisis of faith and/or meaning, and single parents.  Additionally, Dr. Sexton specializes in working with people having symptoms of PTSD. Margaret Akinhanmi, PhD, is an enthusiastic advocate for positive health outcomes with experience in engaging and educating multidisciplinary professionals, key opinion leaders, and community stakeholders. Dr. Akinhanmi is broadly interested in sustainable processes and policies that educate and empower minority individuals when accessing healthcare services. In this episode we speak on how genetics and post-traumatic stress syndrome affects the health outcomes in African American undeserved communities throughout the southeast.  To learn more on the current work of Dr. Sexton or Dr. Akinhanmi click here.
December 16, 2019
Coffee Break w/ Lora Wills: NCPC and The "New" Look
The Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) serves as a national resource for front-line practitioners, educators, researchers, and policy makers who impact our primary healthcare system.   Our guest : Lora Wills serves as the Assistant Director leading the creation and advancement of health equity that grounds our work in the eradication of health disparities and population health promotion for underserved and marginalized populations.  We believe that the Quadruple AIM can only be accomplished in a healthcare system that prioritizes health equity. The NCPC has four divisions that work synergistically to manifest the vision of our center: Substance Use, Prevention and Treatment Division (SATTC and ORN), Health Information Technology Division, Research Division, and Health Policy Division. NCPC also houses two specials programs, such as the HIV/AIDS Project in Lusaka, Zambia, help to address the growing and long-standing health issues across the globe. And The NCPC Faculty Development Program ensures that there is a pool of highly trained and culturally competent primary care faculty and practitioners . Check out more on NCPC here. 
December 03, 2019
S1 Ep6: Back to the Basics!
On this episode we speak with Devan Doherty of Right Relief Health and discuss what some behavioral health acronyms really mean and breaking down stigma. As the Clinical Coordinator and Public Relations of the practice, in general, Devan is in charge of overseeing the flow of patients, communicating directly with her father Dr. Dennis and making sure he’s getting into patient rooms, all necessary forms and paperwork are readily available and staff members are following general procedure, etc. Without a doubt, she believes the Right Relief sets the standard of care for any other offices or providers certified to prescribed Buprenorphine, as Dr. Doherty is, or practicing Medication Assisted Treatment. "We ensure that every person knows that we want to get to know him or her and that they are not just a number. After all, how can one completely go about understanding an individual with a substance use disorder if underlying issues are not discussed and a real rapport involving trust isn’t established, to begin with?", Devan mentions.  Connect with Devan on LinkedIn Connect with Right Relief Health by viewing their services or on Facebook
November 12, 2019
S1 Ep5: The Unheard
As we tune back in we had the pleasure of introducing some of Morehouse School of Medicine's own Anne Gaglioti, MD and Brian McGregor, Ph.D.  Dr. Gaglioti is the Associate Professor in the MSM Department of Family Medicine, as well as the Associate Director of Research and Director of the Southeast Regional Clinicians Network, in the National Center for Primary Care at MSM.  Dr. McGregor, an alumnus of Morehouse College, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Associate Director for Research at the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the MSM. He completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He was an inaugural Health Policy Leadership Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in 2009-2010 where his focus was on mental health policy and practices and health disparities affecting African American boys and men of color. We speak with the duo on the incarcerated and judicial populations, and how they face disparities when facing co-occurring mental health challenges with SUDs.  To find more work related to Dr. Gaglioti here. | To find more work related to Dr. McGregor here.
October 25, 2019
S1 Ep4: Right Care, to the Right Person and the Right Time
Scott Hesseltine, MBA, LCADC, VP of Addiction Services at Centerstone Kentucky takes time to discuss aspects of the evolution of SUD treatment services and the community based services that have evolved like case management, peer support, employment services and housing. As well as sharing the vital role Narcan has played in saving lives and reducing the death rate from opioid overdose in Louisville, KY. Centerstone cares for more than 33,000 people a year throughout our 26 locations in the greater Louisville area. We work to erase the stigma of mental illness, addictions and developmental disabilities by focusing on acceptance, recovery and access to services for everyone in need. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn To learn more about PIPBHC (Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care) click here. "Clients always come first" - CenterStone 
October 16, 2019
Coffee Break w/ Dawn Tyus : A Seat at the Table for Communities of Faith
Coffee Break !! Time to catch a cup of hot joe on the latest at SATTC.  This bonus episode will highlight SATTC's Faith Initiative, "Let's Have the Conversion : One Voice, One Mission" with SATTC Director Dawn Tyus, M.Ed, LPC. We will discuss also why is it important to have communities of faith at the table when discussing SUDs. 
September 30, 2019
S1 Ep3: Being Apart of the Solution
Be apart of the solution or the problem, but pick a side.  We welcome Michael Mumper to the podcast in our third episode. Michael is apart of CADCA's (Communities Anti-Drug Coalition of America) Drug Free Fayette, a coalition that tackles community coalition building, substance abuse prevention, youth leadership development, marketing and community outreach, and strategic communications and partnership development. Michael also precedes as the president on the board to Let's Be Clear Georgia, a marijuana prevention collaborative.  This episode highlights Michael local collation work along with highlighting CADCA's Seven Strategies for Community Change.  "Local Problems Require Local Solutions".  Please visit Drug Free Fayette and Let's Be clear Georgia.   And connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
September 27, 2019
S1 E2: YouTube as Your Innovator
Using to social media to promote awareness, generate buzz, and behavior change.  We have the pleasure of introducing Aaron Wiggins, a YouTube content creator and leader of the non-profit Peoples Public Health and recent graduate of The University of South Florida, who discusses topics surrounding public health crisis and hot topics. Aaron is apart of the Millennial/Gen Z generation who is using technology to create public health content in a cutting edge way where he highlights organization in local communities throughout the United States and incentives community engagement.  Please check out Aaron Wiggins's YouTube Channel Peoples Public Health and support an aspiring public health professional below:  LinkedIn | YouTube | Facebook
September 27, 2019
S1 Ep1: Millennial Magic
Millennial Magic!!  That’s exactly what this episode represents as we converse with Jerria Martin, executive director of the Drug Free Community of Dallas County in Selma, Alabama. We speak on how to engage the youth into the work of substance use, behavioral health, and opioid use disorders. To continue the work that we do we must continue to peak the interest of the emerging workforce. Drug Free Community of Dallas County Website  | Youtube | Facebook | Email:;
June 25, 2019