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SDAHO Proud to Present “Stigma: A Personal Testimony from Megan Cantone” A Conversation on Substance Abuse Disorders

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is proud to present two upcoming webinars featuring Megan Cantone, as she shares her personal journey with substance abuse. Join us for and enlightening webinar discussion on “Stigma: A Personal Testimony from Megan Cantone.”

Both sessions are dedicated to addressing the issue of stigma in the context of substance use disorders. Megan Cantone, whose inspiring story of overcoming her internal battle with this disorder captivated audiences at the SDAHO Annual Convention in September, returns with even more personal narratives and an unwavering commitment to transparency in sharing her recovery journey.

Whether you had the privilege of hearing Megan speak at the convention or are new to her story, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Megan will delve into her story of hope and provide valuable insights on how best to communicate with individuals who are grappling with this challenging disease.

Join SDAHO’s Quality and Integration Team, Loretta Bryan BSN, RN, CPHQ and Michelle Hofer, BSN, RN, CPHQ, both Clinical Improvement Consultants with SDAHO for these sessions as they work collectively towards a more empathetic and supportive understanding of substance use disorders, by providing education and resources.

Upcoming sessions and registration information.

  • Click here to register for Monday, November 6th at 12:30pm (CST)
  • Click here to register for Thursday, November 30th at 12:30pm (CST)

The SDAHO Quality staff are actively involved in the Opioid Stewardship Program, which is growing across the state. The staff monitor opioid use each month with quality data measures within the HQIC program. Loretta Bryan, BSN, RN, CPHQ and Michelle Hofer BSN, RN, CPHQ, both Clinical Improvement Consultants with SDAHO work closely with member facilities sharing the Opioid ED Toolkit.  The toolkit was developed by the South Dakota Department of Health to be used in response to ED and clinic patients who present with substance use disorder, opioid use disorder and non-fatal drug overdose. The Opioid ED Toolkit is an interactive guide for providers and hospital administrators. It provides strategies to incorporate best practices for screening and diagnosis, referral to treatment, safe prescribe and community resources in various healthcare and non-healthcare settings. To learn more about the Opioid ED Toolkit and how SDAHO’s Quality team can assist your facility, visit www.sdaho.org/quality-integration/

Or connect with:  Loretta.Bryan@sdaho.org or Michelle.Hofer@sdaho.org

 For additional resources and learning, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is sponsoring a series of webinars through 2023 and into 2024. This series’ focus is ensuring MOUD treatment within nursing home/hospital care transitions, but is appropriate for all care settings, including nursing homes, clinics and hospital care teams and their partners. Learn more here.

  • November 17, 2023 & January 12, 2024 – Seamlessly Transitioning Patients on MOUD to Nursing Homes
    Discharge planning, medication reconciliation, and readmission prevention.
  • Feb. 9, 2024 & March 8, 2024 – Management of Patients on MOUD During the Nursing Home Stay
    Admissions assessment & treatment, addressing stigma, and naloxone training.
  • April 12, 2024 & May 10, 2024 – Sustaining Recovery for Patients on MOUD
    Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO), peer support, narcotics anonymous meetings, counseling, and use of technologies.
  • June 7, 2024 – Management of Patients on MOUD: Key Takeaways and Series Wrap Up


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