Rural Faith Leaders Workshop Series:
Empowering Faith Leaders to Help Persons with Substance Use Disorder

“If ever the sum were greater than the parts, it is in combining the power of God,
religion and spirituality with the power of science and professional medicine to
prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction” Joseph Califano Jr., Founder
and Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership to End Addiction
The substance use issue is an all-hands-on-deck emergency, so we need to harness and
empower the powerful resources of everyone who has a stake in health, including the
special talents of the faith community. Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other
houses of worship are positioned in communities to be both first responders and
communities of hope for people struggling with addiction. A healthy, safe community
is essential to healing and long-term results and this is already part of the local
churches’ DNA. As the nation begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Faith
leaders need information and resources now more than ever to help rural leaders build
strong, healthy, drug-free communities. The Rural Faith Leaders Workshop Series:
Empowering Faith Leaders to Help Persons with Substance Use Disorder is a series of four
workshops for rural Faith Leaders. Each of the workshops will contain valuable
information for Faith Leaders and provide updated information and resources. The
workshops will be recorded and made available on the Rural Community Toolbox site
(www.ruralcommunitytoolbox.org).
The series has 3 objectives:
1. Increase the Faith Leaders understanding of substance use disorder and how to
connect faith to prevention, treatment, and recovery.
2. Build the capacity of Faith leaders to take action by providing information to
help get leaders and their congregants ready to provide the support needed to
assist individuals with substance use disorder.
3. Help Faith Leaders to find their lane and empower faith communities to put
initiatives in place to help in the area(s) where they can make the most
difference.
The series overview:

Workshop 1: Substance Use Disorder and the Pandemic in Rural Communities

Workshop 2: Prevention Education and Connecting Faith to Prevention
Workshop 3: Understanding Treatment and Connecting Faith to Treatment
Workshop 4: Supporting Recovery and Connecting Faith to Recovery

Workshop 1:
The first workshop will take place on December 8, 2020 – 1:00 -2:30 pm EST. It will
cover the following:
 Understanding the intersecting epidemics of opioid misuse/abuse and COVID 19
in rural areas
 Economic impact of substance use disorder on small communities before and
during the pandemic
 Using data to understand the problem in your community
 Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our
Communities
 Congregation Readiness: Getting the Faith Community Ready to help

Workshop 1: Scheduled Speakers:
 James Carroll, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
 Betty-Ann Bryce, Special Advisor for Rural Affairs, White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy
 Dr. Erin Winstanley, Associate Professor, West Virginia University, School of
Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry
 Vanessa Lominac Haste, JD, Program Manager, Kentucky Access to Recovery,
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 Heidi Christensen, Public Affairs Specialist at the Center for Faith-based and
Neighborhood Partnerships, Dept. of Health and Human Services
 Pastor Greg Delaney, Outreach Coordinator, Woodhaven Residential Treatment
Center, Dayton, OH
 Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Special Projects & Faith Based Initiatives with the
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Registration:

If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP to Betty-Ann Bryce at this email
MBX.ONDCP.RuralAffairs@ondcp.eop.gov. Please include your name, title, organization
and contact information. Registered participants will receive the details to join the event
closer to the event date.

Please share this invitation with colleagues and RSVP early as space is limited.