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Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) is an effective treatment to help individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). But MAT is more than writing a prescription for patients. Clinical coordinators play an essential role in linking patients to and retaining patients in MAT treatment. In this webinar, clinical coordinators from the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions (DEII) initiative discussed their work in conjunction with medical teams to provide individualized patient care plans for high acuity patients with OUD.

The DEII initiative uses an implementation science approach to study this buprenorphine opioid treatment evidence-informed intervention. The project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) and replicates a successful buprenorphine model first piloted by the SPNS program. Three sites were funded through the DEII initiative to implement the Integration of Buprenorphine for Opioid Use in HIV Primary Care intervention. The evidence-based intervention will advance implementation science and inform future replication efforts.

Topics included how to:

  • identify potential clients who would be good candidates for treatment.
  • provide patient-centered support throughout initiation, maintenance and stabilization of MAT.
  • link clients to critical ancillary services such as benefits, housing and transportation services.
  • work with pharmacies and insurance companies.

Webinar panelists discussed the background of the DEII initiative, the role of the clinical coordinator within the DEII initiative and lessons learned from the initiative that could be applied within the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program community. Participants gained insights from the initiative that could be broadly applied to MAT providers, waivered physicians, social workers, addiction counselors and those who are looking to start an MAT program in their clinic setting.


Corliss Heath, Ph.D., MPH, MDiv

Alexis Marbach, MPH
Abt Associates, Dissemination and Evaluation Center (DEC)

Hannah Bryant, MPH
AIDS United, Implementation and Technical Assistance Center (ITAC)

Diana Ball, MSW, CSW, LCSW
Bluegrass Care Clinic

Jason McMinn, LISWS
Metro Health

Delgia Cruz Torres, CPL, CAT III, MAC
Centro Ararat

Ana E. González Gómez, RN, BSN
Centro Ararat

Kristen Meyers, BS
Multnomah County Health Department

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