Rural areas have experienced a drastic decrease in the available workforce, which is of special concern in light of the limitations for individuals with a substance use challenge. Working to sustain a healthier workforce is crucial to how peers seek and maintain employment. Prior efforts have focused on job attainment and seeking which often stop once an individual starts work. We will explore an ecosystem that supports individuals and employers through community outreach, service attainment and educational resources. Working to build interconnected, responsive and recovery-focused partnerships create a pipeline from treatment to employment and long-term sustainability.
Articulate how to leverage and braid resources to fund a comprehensive recovery to work program.
Employ strategies that create a successful community coalition to respond to the needs of individuals who want to go back to work.
Identify practical solutions and guidance that can be customized to address the workforce crisis in your community and to advance health equity.