RIZE supports rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings that directly test the impacts of programmatic or policy interventions on opioid use disorder care.
This includes the development and dissemination of new research that will contribute to the evidence base and advance public policy by identifying system-level considerations that can have impactful, long-term effects.
White Paper: Development and Implementation of a COVID Recuperation Unit at Boston Medical Center for People Experiencing Homelessness
RIZE awarded a grant to Boston Medical Center to write a paper describing Boston Medical Center’s COVID Recuperation Unit – a respite facility for people experiencing homelessness and infected with COVID-19 that operated from April to June 2020. In this publication, the authors describe their experience designing and operating this facility, with a focus on caring for patients with substance use and mental health disorders. The purpose is to describe these efforts and provide guidance to municipalities or health systems interested in supporting people experiencing homelessness.
Dr. Miriam Komaromy, Medical Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center, also describes for RIZE what it was like to set up and operate the COVID Recuperation Unit in a blog post.
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Insights and Solutions: Massachusetts Opioid Crisis
The RIZE Massachusetts Foundation’s Insights and Solutions grant program supports research that will contribute to the evidence-base and advance public policy by identifying system-level and behavior-change level considerations that can be employed toward long-term solutions to the opioid crisis in the Commonwealth. The first round of grants was awarded in November 2019.
Working to Achieve Zero Stigma
Shatterproof, RIZE, and GE Foundation released a survey on Massachusetts healthcare professionals and stigma around screening, treating patients with opioid use disorder. The research found that stigma around addiction extends to the provider community.
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Research on Recovery Coaches
RIZE awarded a grant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Law and Economics to study the role of recovery coaches and their effectiveness in opioid use disorder care. This research identified opportunities and challenges related to the use of recovery coaches in different settings and provided findings, best practices, and policy recommendations that are useful to Massachusetts providers, payers, policymakers, state agencies, and researchers.