From Research to Recovery 2020

Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis


It is with great regret that we must cancel our upcoming “Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis” meeting at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve is one of an increasing number of universities around the country that have put preventive measures in place to curb spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on travel and mass gatherings and events. In light of these restrictions, and of the three cases of COVID-19 announced in Cuyahoga County this week, we cannot move forward with the conference as planned.

We greatly appreciate the community's enthusiasm for and generous support of this meeting, and it is our sincere hope that we can reschedule this event in the future.

You will receive a full refund for your registration fees and/or sponsorships via Eventbrite.

Please don’t hesitate to email me at if you have any questions.

Dr. Ravenel Richardson (organizer)

Professor Stephen Lewis (host)

"Racial Disparity, Social Justice and the Opioid Crisis" brings together leading healthcare professionals, physicians, researchers, judges, social scientists, individuals with substance use disorders, criminal justice reform activists, policy experts, and diversity and inclusion advocates to discuss equity in the health sector and criminal justice system. This meeting will address how the current opioid crisis is increasingly impacting communities of color, who have been disproportionately stigmatized and incarcerated for substance use.

Our specific goal with this meeting is to create meaningful conversations and collaborations to address the structural racism preventing communities of color from receiving treatment, recovery, and wraparound social services for opioid and other substance use disorders in Cleveland, in Ohio, and nationally. We will be showcasing evidence-based research and data from a range of urban and state contexts to provide ideas and strategies for broad-spectrum policy change across institutions. Attendees will learn about progressive solutions, share perspectives, and meet new colleagues.

This conference is made possible by the generous support of:

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Help Me Grow - Ohio Department of Health

Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute