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Welcome to Changing the Conversation! We discuss critical and timely topics focused on homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Our hosts interview health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services.

Jan 8, 2019

Kristen Paquette and Vicki Steen discuss the opioid epidemic and overdose prevention strategies including harm reduction and medication assisted treatment.

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Dec 17, 2018

Michael Marquesen of the LA Community Health Center shares tips for reaching and engaging people in health care services with host Kristen Paquette. They discuss ways to tailor services to keep participants connected.

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Dec 3, 2018

Richard Rothstein describes how—contrary to national myth—neighborhood segregation was created by government policies. He and host Jeff Olivet discuss how this has led to wealth, achievement, and health disparities experienced by African Americans.

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Nov 19, 2018

Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, joins host Jeff Olivet to discuss what is working and challenges ahead in our response to homelessness in the U.S. They share structural change strategies needed to fix systems and make homelessness rare, brief, and one time.

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Nov 5, 2018

Stephanie Wahab, Ali Hall, and host Jeff Olivet give tips for social workers and social work students on the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and letting people take charge. This is the third in a series of episodes on MI.

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