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AXL: Advanced Opioid Use Disorder X-waiver Team Learning Collaborative - Health Disparities & Partner Agencies

This session will:

  • Review health disparities related to social inequities at the intersection of Substance Use Disorder and: race, gender, sexual orientation, culture/migration history, Socio-economic status, and criminal record;
  • Provide an overview of services provided by:
    Chittenden Community Action, Vermont Foundation of Recovery (recovery housing), Vermont Legal Aid, and Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation.

Panel discussion of:

  • Factors perpetrating these health disparities;
  • Strategies for helping people affected by health disparities and underlying discrimination;
  • Role of MAT care coordination in addressing disparities.

Activity Details

Start Date:  September 1, 2021
End Date:  September 1, 2024

You may claim CME or CNE credit for successful completion of this online course. In order to claim credit, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register for the learning activity by creating an account or logging in to your account.
  2. Click Link to Presentation to view the recording. View the entire presentation.
  3. Return to this Activity page.
  4. Click  Continue to navigate to the Evaluation tab; then click the Launch button to start the evaluation.
  5. Complete and Submit the evaluation and attestation form.

When the evaluation is submitted, you will be awarded credit. You may access your transcript for verification of participation at any time via Your Account. Need help? Visit the Support Page, send an Email, or call the Center for Learning and Professional Development at (603) 653-1234, Option 1.


There is no fee for this activity, but to receive credit(s) you must register online and complete the online evaluation (you must register to access this form).

  • Rebecca Plummer is an attorney at Vermont Legal Aid who has worked extensively in housing discrimination and mental health law, and is currently engaged in a medical-legal partnership with Central Vermont Addiction Medicine, a MAT program in Central Vermont.
  • Andrew Gonyea is a native of Bellows Falls, a Vermont Foundation of Recovery co-founder, and the Director of Operations. He is also a person in recovery since May 24, 2003. Andrew’s life has been shaped largely by his experience as an inmate with the Vermont Department of Corrections from 2005-2008. Andrew was able to turn a period of incarceration into a truly positive, life-changing experience. While incarcerated, Andrew stayed sober, received an education, and through many months of soul-searching, determined that he would commit his life to providing people in recovery with safe and sober places to live. Since, his release in 2008, Andrew has done just that, managing sober houses throughout Northern Vermont and he is excited to commit his life to developing a vibrant network of Recovery Homes.
  • J. Paul Coats, MA has been a Vocational Counselor at Vocational Rehabilitation for fourteen years and worked for Probation and Parole for seven years prior to that. He has also worked as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and a social worker for the State of Vermont.
  • Paul Dragon, Ed.D is the executive director Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked at the Vermont Agency of Human Services in several roles, including the Deputy Secretary for the Agency and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. As the Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Burlington, he led the development of the Safe Harbor Clinic and the Pearl Street Clinic.
  • Jennifer Pelletier, LADC, LCMHC is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor at Gifford Health Care whose background is working with patients participating in medication assisted treatment.
Learning Outcome(s)

Participants will be able to identify at least three evidence-based strategies that are designed to enhance the clinical team-based care of patients with substance or opioid use disorders treatment.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.5 contact hours.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Nursing Education (CME/CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation
  • fill out the activity evaluation. (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**. 

* A “financial relationship" includes employee, researcher (named as the PI), consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and/or an ownership interest (not including stocks owned in a managed portfolio).

** An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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