This presentation will discuss the key role that peers, sometimes known as Peer Recovery Support Specialists, play in opioid overdose prevention and recovery support. We will explore methods the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board is using to support and advocate for peer roles in Indian Country, including building peer networks and creating accreditation pathways. The session will also examine how state, federal, and tribal partnerships are fundamental to this work.
Casey Lyons is an evaluator at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. Previously, she managed opioid-related data programs for the Maryland Department of Health. She holds an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Casey Ward-Freeman graduated with an M.S. in Community Health Promotion from the University of Arkansas, where she focused on sexual consent education and research. She currently works in opioid overdose prevention at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board in Oklahoma.