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TK Li Lecture: Inequities in Addiction Treatment for Racial and Ethnic Minoritized Populations: How to Move Forward


Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD

TK Li Lecture Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, an Addiction Psychiatrist and the Barbara Wilson Endowed Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment in Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Pillar Co-Lead for Community Engagement at NYU Langone's Institute for Excellence in Health Equity. She is dedicated to creating spaces/opportunities for more people of color, specifically Black women in academia, who are vastly underrepresented. The fundamental message of equity and inclusion has informed her research, clinical work and leadership duties at NYU and beyond. Dr. Jordan was the first Black Associate Program Director for the Yale Psychiatry Residency, supervising a large group of 64 physicians providing mental health and addiction services throughout Yale medical systems in the state of CT. She is Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative for the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network within the NIDA, where she'll be working to improve health outcomes for people with opioid use disorder in the carceral system. Dr. Jordan also serves as the medical director of Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally informed Healthcare (REACH), a Substance (Ab)use and Mental Health Services Administration grant, in conjunction with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, geared at increasing the number of addiction specialists from racial and ethnic minoritized populations who obtain training to provide culturally-informed addiction treatment. She is passionate about helping racial and ethnic minoritized people achieve wellness and recovery from substance use disorders. Dr. Jordan is an NIH-funded researcher studying long term outcomes for providing addiction treatment in faith settings. Dr. Jordan is the recipient of various clinical and research awards and was inducted into the Top 40 under 40 society by Hampton University, a historically Black institution. Link to join:


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