Meeting Archive:
2015 CTN WEB SEMINAR SERIES: MAT for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Meeting Description:

Remarkable progress has been made in the development of medications to treat substance use disorders, yet consistent and widespread access to such medications remains low.  This gap between patient need and actual implementation of efficacious treatment is especially troubling for vulnerable populations including American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).  This course will provide an overview of organizational and provider characteristics influencing access to medication assisted treatments (MAT) for addictive disorders in AI/AN populations along with a review of results from a national survey of AI/AN substance abuse treatment program clinicians and clinical administrators regarding the incorporation of cultural, evidence-based concepts and healing techniques.



 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand organizational and provider characteristics that affect access to medication assisted treatments for American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) dealing with addictive disorders.
  • Consider implications for the design and implementation of treatment programs and services for vulnerable populations, including American Indian and Alaska Natives.


  • Discuss significant aspects of a national study on AI/AN treatment programs.



Target Audience:


 This webinar is targeted to all research staff.


Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): CTN Training (
 Presenter Information
Traci Rieckmann, PhD, MS
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Dr. Traci Rieckmann is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and she holds a M.S. in Health Promotion as well. As a clinician, clinical and policy researcher, organizational change consultant and educator, Dr. Rieckmann’s work impacts multiple service delivery settings.  Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, her specific research interests include acceleration of implementation of new practices including collaborative care models, technology-based interventions and medications to treat behavioral health and substance use disorders, organization and systems transformation, and quality improvement...(see annoucement for more).

Lisa Rey Thomas, PhD
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Dr. Lisa Rey Thomas is the Director of the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center and a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.  Dr. Thomas’ focus is community-based participatory research with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to reduce health disparities and promote health and wellness in a culturally appropriate and strengths based manner. She is particularly interested in access to appropriate care for mental health and substance misuse for AI/AN individuals, families, and communities.