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UMB Team Receives Grant to Address Opioid Crisis

November 26, 2019

A team from the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Schools of Social Work, Nursing , and Medicine  has received a three-year $1.35 million workforce development grant from the Health Services Resources Administration (HSRA) to address the opioid crisis. The long-term goal is to build a behavioral health workforce focused specifically on this population in high-need locations and to model the effectiveness of using interprofessional core competencies to change future practice and improve health outcomes.

Paul Sacco, PhD, MSW, associate professor and associate dean of research will coordinate the project at SSW. Charon Burda, DNP ’16, PMHCNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, and director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner–Family specialty, will lead the project at UMSON, assisted by her school colleague Katherine Fornili, DNP ’16, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health at UMSON. Burda will serve as co-director of the grant and Fornili will be program trainer. Devang Gandi, MBBS, MD, adjunct associate professor, and Eric Weintraub, MD, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, will organize and implement the program at UMSOM.

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