Safe and healthy aging for LGBT elders, personal experiences of Naloxone users, and how national women’s health nursing and midwifery organizations are promoting alcohol-free pregnancies will be among research shared  by ISER’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) at the 2019 Health Summit in Anchorage, January 22-24.

CBHRS researchers will participate in the following:

Safe and Healthy Aging for LGBT Elders Using Citizen Science: Discoveries from “Our Voice SAGE Alaska”

Diane King, MBA, MSOT, PhD, ISER’s Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, is on a panel that will discuss use of Citizen Science methods with LGBT elders who used a cellphone app called the Our Voice Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool to identify supports and obstacles to aging-in-place in Anchorage.

“I’ve Seen Friends Overdose. Anything I Can Do to Help Them, I Want To”: Personal Experience of Naloxone End Users

Becky Porter, MS, Research Professional,  and Bridget Hanson, PhD, Research Associate Professor will discuss results from indepth interviews with individuals who have had experience obtaining naloxone and administering it to peers who overdosed. The results provide insights into how people who are most likely to be present during an overdose use naloxone and their beliefs about opioid overdose risk.

Answering a Call to Action: How National Women’s Health Nursing and Midwifery Organizations Partnered with Alaska Champions to Promote Alcohol-Free Pregnancies

CBHRS Project Manager Alexandra Edwards will moderate this panel discussion. FASD Practice and Implementation Center (PIC) partnered with national nursing organizations to address alcohol-exposed pregnancy as a local and national public health priority. Representatives from the PIC, the national nursing organizations, and the Anchorage FASD Diagnostic Team (FASDx Services), will discuss accomplishments, share lessons and describe future plans for continued national-local collaboration to promote alcohol-free pregnancy.

Poster – Promoting Utilization of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention with Reimbursement Policy

Stacy Tanner, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Becky Porter, and Bridget Hanson.

Alcohol screening and brief intervention (aSBI) is an effective, economical clinical preventive practice used to identify patients at-risk for alcohol misuse and intervene through brief counseling. The practice is underutilized in clinics. Insurance-based service reimbursement can sustain aSBI within health systems and may facilitate adoption. To understand aSBI reimbursement variation across states, a comprehensive review of Medicaid policies was conducted. Feasibility issues and policy impacts are discussed.