Stay tuned for upcoming October conversation information. We are creating our program and will post soon!

October 12, 2021
December 14, 2021

If they have questions or suggestions for topics, please submit to Tatyana Fertelmeyster

NIEAPA members shall seek to develop an awareness of their own personal and cultural values and beliefs as one way of appreciating the importance of multicultural identities in our own lives and in the lives of those we serve. NIEAPA members shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the values, traditions and systems of all employees at the workplaces they serve."


Please take a couple minutes to read this beautiful message written by Charley Galassini and the Diversity Committee

September is National Recovery Month and this year, the theme attached to the month is "Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community."

But is that really happening in the world we live in? Since this discussion is on diversity, let's delve into how diversity shows itself in substance abuse treatment. I think most of us would think there is a lack of true equality in medical treatment. In wanting to see if there was the same issue in substance abuse treatment I came across an interesting article. "Not Equal: Racial Disparities in Addiction/Substance Abuse Treatment." Some of the highlights that show the disparity in all receiving treatment for addiction equally in the United States.

The article highlights that all groups: Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Native Americans, and Asian Americans do not have the same access to treatment as White Americans, and if we look closer White women do not have the same access to treatment as White males.

Another point that the article highlights is that, both the social and economic contributions to the disparity in access to not only treatment, but quality treatment. It mentions a few items that support this notion such as income, availability of treatment programs, health insurance, and social connections. I think we all would believe that low income would contribute to a lack of access to quality treatment. In addition, we have heard through the media that the Black and Brown communities are more likely to be jailed versus given the option to go to treatment. I would highly recommend reading this article, which is referenced below, as well as other helpful resources. Part of the ongoing focus of the Diversity Committee is to educate NIEAPA members. Therefore, we do the monthly Diversity message, we have begun Diversity conversations, and every other year, we have a speaker at our October Chapter Meeting that focuses on a diversity topic.

Article Written by the Addiction Resource Editorial Staff

This page does not provide medical advice. 

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Following is the beginning of a list of films, plays, books, TV shows, music - any artistic expression more or less that touches on issues of diversity. If you have suggestions, please email them to the Diversity Committee via Scott Janson


Get Out - Directed by Jordan Peele
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling pointClick here for discussion notes.


HIR - written by Taylor MacEm Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis GuinanPhoto Michael Brosilow
After a dishonorable discharge from the military for drug-related offenses, Isaac returns home from Afghanistan, expecting to confront his abusive father, protect his mother and sister, and relax into his old bedroom. His expectations are dashed, as he walks into a different kind of chaos. Click here for write up of performance provided by Scott Cullen-Benson.

(Photo Information: 
Em Grosland, Amy Morton, Ty Olwin and Francis Guinan/Photo: Michael Brosilow)

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