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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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Jun 11, 2018

Guest host Kristen Paquette and Katie Volk of the Center for Social Innovation discuss Journey, a new resource for pregnant and parenting women who have questions or concerns about opioid and other substance use.  Visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your...

Feb 18, 2016

Steven Samra and Walter Ginter discuss their personal and professional journeys with recovery, Medication Assisted Treatment and Medication Assisted Recovery. Their unique stories offer different insights on the same goal: a life free from addiction and a society free from stigma. 

Dec 9, 2015

Livia Davis, Vice President at the Center for Social Innovation, talks about recovery in the context of homelessness, mental illness and addiction. She discusses the concept of recovery, the importance of hope as part of the recovery framework, and explains how timely interventions, with proper staff training and...

Oct 1, 2015

Health and human service workers can encounter clients with substance use disorders everyday. Ensuring that the services they provide are effective and well received, is no easy task. Marc Dones discusses the background of the current opioid overdose crisis, some intervention and prevention strategies, and how the words...