The Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) conference, held since 2005, brings together researchers, policymakers, and treatment providers to focus on how systems redesign can effectively and sustainably be implemented.
While isolated aspects of substance misuse are improving, such as tobacco cessation and opioid prescribing practices, enormous service gaps persist that allow the ongoing negative impacts of risky and problematic substance use. These negative impacts put a particular burden on racial, ethnic, and gender minorities and other disadvantaged populations and communities.
AHSR leads with an agenda that furthers the positive impact of prevention and treatment services for substance misuse and use disorders. Attendees can expect:
- A slate of distinguished plenary speakers
- Discussion of cutting-edge health services research findings, the development of collaborative relationships
- Opportunities to support the careers of junior and minority investigators
This conference has been hosted across the United States at leading institutions including Boston University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Utah School of Medicine, Brown University, and more.
This year, the conference is hosted in New York City by the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH), a multi-institutional Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. A mentoring program sponsored by the Brandeis Harvard SPIRE Center is also available for students and early career investigators attending AHSR 2023.