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Quickinar: Changing Language to Destigmatize Substance Use and Addiction

Thu, 4/28/2022 at 12:00 pm - Thu, 4/28/2022 at 12:30 pm (PST)

Join the Comagine Health Six Building Blocks team April 28 at 12 p.m. PST for Words Matter: Changing Language to Destigmatize Substance Use and Addiction, a brief 15-20 minute presentation. The session will feature Comagine Health Senior Improvement Advisor Maria Klemesrud, M.Ed, LMHC. 

A common challenge identified throughout the Six Building Blocks curriculum is stigma toward people who suffer from substance use and/or addiction. A clinic-wide conversation and commitment to shift attitudes and change language can promote respect, inclusion, and recovery for all patients — regardless of their diagnosis.

Event participants will:
  • Learn about myths that contribute to stigma and how they may prevent people from seeking help for substance abuse or addiction.
  • Discover strategies to introduce in a quality improvement pilot that reduce stigma in a clinical setting.
  • Learn about change language that destigmatizes persons seeking treatment for substance abuse and/or addiction.  

You will also learn about how the Six Building Blocks Framework practice facilitators can assist your program. A quickinar is a brief 15-20 minute webinar presentation to provide a comprehensive overview of a defined topic area.


The Six Building Blocks Program is a team and evidence-based quality improvement road map to support practices as they implement effective guidelines and team-based care for their patients with chronic pain who are using opioid therapy. Developed by the University of Washington of Family Medicine and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Six Building Blocks focuses on six key areas in guiding opioid management processes. 

Comagine Health is carrying this work forward through a project with the Washington State Department of Health.

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United States Washington