Increasing Equity in Pain Management, Substance Use Disorder Treatment, and Linkages to Care

The purpose of this Resource Guide is to support health center care teams in providing equitable, compassionate, high-quality care for patients in the contexts of pain management, substance use disorders (SUDs), and meaningful linkages to care. Inside, you will find actionable strategies and resources to help your care team reduce health disparities and advance health equity among minoritized and stigmatized people who, due to historical and structural injustices, are more vulnerable to undertreatment and mistreatment of pain and SUDs.

After using this Resource Guide, health center care teams will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased awareness and understanding of health equity, implicit bias, intersectionality, cultural humility, and harm reduction
  • Apply strategies for providing patient-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed care with patients experiencing pain, SUDs, or both
  • Access additional evidence-based resources and best practices for providing equitable pain management, SUD treatment, and meaningful linkages to care