The Special Populations Office (SPO), Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the African American Researchers and Scholars Work Group (AARSWG) convened a "Mini Medical School" centered on the theme of Marginalized African American Males on July 20, 2009, at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The 1-day meeting joined health care professionals, researchers, and members of the community interested in understanding the needs of substance abusers and addiction in the African American community. Scientists and physicians lectured on topics that covered the process of addiction, psychopharmacology, addiction treatment and services, issues arising from substance abuse and its research implications, and HIV/AIDS and other related co-morbidities. The AARSWG presented an award of exemplary leadership to Ms. Pamela Goodlow, SPO, NIDA. The Mini Medical School was cosponsored by the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SATTC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Community Voices.
Health Disparities Section