Voices Attends Philadelphia Conference for Peers in Hospitals

This past week leaders from Voices of Hope, Cecil County Health Department, and Christiana Care Union Hospital attended a conference hosted by National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Philadelphia.  This conference centered around presentations from The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in their partnerships around the drug overdose crisis and providing care through the hospital systems to people who use drugs in a non-stigmatizing and supportive manner.  

The model used by the Pennsylvania Medical Center, and their many partnerships, is easy access to MOUD through emergency departments and a non-stigmatizing treatment of people who use drugs. One method they use that is similar to a recent venture between Christiana Care Union Hospital, Cecil County Health Department and Voices of Hope is having Certified Peer Recovery Specialists imbedded in the Emergency Department and Hospital Med Floors. A Peer Recovery Specialists is a person with lived experience of substance use disorder who has been trained to support those who struggle with a behavioral health disorder.  This lived experience allows them to develop a connection and trust using empathy not sympathy in a trauma informed approach. This is an evidenced based model and Voices of Hope is proud to be a part of building this vision here in Cecil County.

This conference helps promote the belief that lived experience and connection provides the missing key to helping others find and maintain their own personal recovery, and Pennsylvania Medical Center is living proof of that vision. Through shared experience, Peers can advocate for individuals who need help but don’t receive it when navigating the many, confusing medical systems.

We will continue to be that voice for those who aren’t heard. We recover out loud so that others don’t suffer in silence.

For more information about the partnership between Christiana Care Union Hospital and Voices of Hope, read here. Do you or someone you love need help? Call 443-993-7055 24/7 265 days a year to speak to a Peer.

1 thought on “Voices Attends Philadelphia Conference for Peers in Hospitals”

  1. Richard Dorsey

    That is awesome to know that there are partnerships existing to aid in the recovery of Persons who are seeking recovery and a better quality of life. This makes being a part of Voices of hope a blessing.

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