Research & Other Publications
RIZE was created in 2017 with an ambitious mission to end opioid overdose. Guided by those with lived experience and unafraid of new ideas, RIZE invests in community partners who are using novel approaches to prevent overdose and treat addiction, serves as a neutral convenor and network-builder, and funds research that builds the evidence base. Learn how our work has improved the quality of life for people living with substance use disorder.
2020 Annual Report
The challenges presented in 2020 allowed us to reimagine our mission to meet the needs of the organizations, advocates, and individuals we supported during the pandemic.
The First 1,000 Days
In this impact report, we proudly present our first 1,000 days, as we continue our work to save the lives of the thousands of people who suffer from addiction in Massachusetts.
research and other publications
Facilitating Collective Action to Face the Opioid Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts
Presented by: Julie Burns, Sarah Merrefield, Livia Davis, Maryanne Frangules
Citation: Julie Burns, Sarah Merrefield, Livia Davis and Maryanne Frangules. “Facilitating Collective Action to Face the Opioid Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts”. Presented at the 2022 RX and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta, GA.
Learning from Lived Experience: Understanding Barriers to OUD Recovery
While concerted efforts across the state have removed several barriers to accessing treatment services for opioid use disorder (OUD), many persist and have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic, the continuing opioid epidemic, and increased awareness of disproportionate impact of both on Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
This paper, produced in collaboration with C4 Innovations, seeks to address this gap by examining the barriers to OUD care from the perspective of the people most affected – those who have OUD. It centers their perspectives, challenges, successes, and recommendations, in their own words. By sharing their nuanced and varied experiences, RIZE hopes to further expand and enhance understandings of barriers to OUD care.
Racial disparities and the role of prescriber networks in the development and sustaining of buprenorphine prescribing by waivered physicians for OUD treatment in Massachusetts communities
This research conducted by Brandeis University’s Institute for Behavioral Health explored how isolated physician networks can negatively impact care coordination and information sharing among physicians. The goal was to understand the role provider networks play in perpetuating racial disparities in prescribing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
Strategies for engaging and retaining vulnerable patients in OUD treatment programs
Presented by: Ranjani Paradise, Allyson Pinkhover, Gargi Cooper, Joe Wright, Anthony Lundi
Citation: R Paradise, A Pinkhover, G Cooper, J Wright, A Lundi, “Strategies for engaging and retaining vulnerable patients in OUD treatment programs”, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers: Community Health Institute 2021 (virtual panel presentation).
Engaging marginalized people in MOUD: harm reduction, relationships, and outreach
Presented by: Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw, Ranjani Paradise, Kristopher Bennett, Gargi Cooper, Jessie Gaeta, Sarah Wakeman, Julie Burns
Citation: Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw, Ranjani Paradise, Kristopher Bennett, Gargi Cooper, Jessie Gaeta, Sarah Wakeman, Julie Burns. “Engaging marginalized people in MOUD: harm reduction, relationships, and outreach,” presented at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2021 Virtual Conference (poster), virtual.
Development and Implementation of a COVID Recuperation Unit at Boston Medical Center for People Experiencing Homelessness
Boston Medical Center published a paper with support from RIZE describing their COVID Recuperation Unit – a respite facility for people experiencing homelessness and infected with COVID-19 (in operation 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.
Preventing overdose from the inside, out: A case presentation from a novel OBAT reentry program
Presented by: Allyson Pinkhover, Kelly Celata
Citation: Allyson Pinkhover, Kelly Celata. “Preventing overdose from the inside, out: A case presentation from a novel OBAT reentry program” presented at Association of Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) Annual Meeting 2020 (poster), virtual.
Community-driven strategies for engaging vulnerable groups in low threshold opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment
Presented by: Allyson Pinkhover, Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw, Kristopher Bennett, Kelly Celata, Julie Burns, Ranjani Paradise
Citation: Allyson Pinkhover, Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw, Kristopher Bennett, Kelly Celata, Julie Burns, and Ranjani Paradise. “Community-driven strategies for engaging vulnerable groups in low threshold opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment”, presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting 2020 (poster), virtual.
Using the Cascade of Care Model as a Framework for Evaluating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Programs: Opportunities and Challenges
Presented by: Ranjani K. Paradise, Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw
Citation: Ranjani K. Paradise, Ceylon Auguste-Nelson, Sharon Touw. “Using the Cascade of Care Model as a Framework for Evaluating Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Programs: Opportunities and Challenges”, Presented at the 2019 American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts
A report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum at Brandeis University details the unique challenges facing Western Massachusetts communities in the fight against addiction and offers support for innovative and proven solutions. The findings were presented at a forum at UMass Amherst.
Opportunities to Increase Screening & Treatment of OUD Among Healthcare Professionals
Shatterproof, RIZE, and GE Foundation released a survey on Massachusetts healthcare professionals and stigma around screening, treating patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The research found that stigma extends to the provider community.
Recovery Coaches in Opioid Use Disorder Care
Research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Law and Economics studied the role of recovery coaches and their effectiveness in opioid use disorder (OUD) 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.
The Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic: An Issue of Substance
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation together with RIZE created a first-of-its-kind report that quantifies the negative economic impact of the opioid epidemic on the economy. The report includes important information on the cost of the epidemic to employers and employees, the health care system, and state and municipal budgets.