2021 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Untold Truths: Equity Solutions for the Black Community

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Thursday, February 25, 2021

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There has been significant focus on diversity and inclusion in the field of addiction and recovery, yet one term that often gets overshadowed is the concept of equity. Equity refers to a state where everyone has an equal opportunity, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, physical ability, gender, etc. Often confused with equality, equity and equality both emphasize fairness. The subtle difference is that equality does this by treating everyone the same regardless of need, and equity does this by treating people differently dependent on need. How can treatment providers remove barriers and meet the unique needs of African Americans to provide equitable care? This presentation will focus on solutions to bring about systemic change in the form of equity.


Raven E. Freeborn (née Dickerson), LCSW, CNP, offers healing and holds space as a full spectrum doula, healing justice and liberation strategist, harm reductionist, community educator, and storyteller. She is the founder of Legacy Healing and Therapy Services, LLC and Third Way Solutions, Inc., two unique community focused businesses offering strategy, coaching, and therapeutic partnership for individuals, groups, and organizations. Freeborn’s mission is to build beloved community that reckons with the truth of historical oppressions to actualize equity justice, and liberative solutions for all people, but particularly people who are Black, brown, queer, and trans-identifying.


Bakahia Madison, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, and Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to define equity vs. equality and explain the importance of equity as a companion to diversity and inclusion.
  • Participants will be able to describe common barriers that exist for African Americans in the field of addiction and recovery.
  • Participants will be able to give examples of solutions for treatment providers to provide more equitable care.
Content Level


  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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