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Criminal Legal System as a Social Determinant of Addiction
On May 24, 2022, AIR will present the Criminal Legal System as a Social Determinant of Addiction, the fourth webinar in a series from the AIR Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES).
The webinar will focus on effective drug policy, the collateral consequences of punitive criminal legal approaches for people who use drugs, strategies to assist returning citizens, and the approach that one state is taking to reverse the harms of the war on drugs and restore communities.

The series, Social Determinants of Addiction: The 4Ps—People, Policy, Programs, and Practice, features experts in the addiction field and focuses on specific social determinants of health and their relationship to substance use disorder and overdose. Each webinar in the series highlights perspectives from experts in policy, practice, programs, and people to support a more holistic response to the overdose epidemic and to examine the interactions between social structures and the people they are designed to support.
Through these connections, we hope to elevate work that is driven by respect and humility, builds community capacity and sustainable relationships, empowers those whose lives are impacted by that work, improves health, and restores justice.
Join us for what we expect to be an engaging conversation.

May 24, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amanda Latimore, Ph.D.
Director, Adjunct Professor @AIR CARES, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Amanda Latimore, Ph.D. is a social epidemiologist and the Director of AIR's Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES). AIR CARES’s multidisciplinary team conducts research, delivers education and technical assistance, engages communities, and translates research into action with the goal of preventing addiction and addressing the needs of those impacted by addiction. Dr. Latimore emphasizes in her approach to this work the role of social, economic, and political context in facilitating or impeding health. Dr. Latimore is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she continues to teach social epidemiology. Learn more about the moderator and AIR CARES here: https://www.air.org/resource/qa/meet-expert-amanda-latimore
Scott Burris, J.D.
Professor of Law and Director of Center for Public Health Law Research @Temple University
Scott Burris is a Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Public Health Law Research. He is also a Professor at Temple’s College of Public Health. His work focuses on how law influences public health, and what interventions can make laws and law enforcement practices healthier in their effects. He is the author of over 200 books, book chapters, articles, and reports on issues including urban health, HIV/AIDS, research ethics, and the health effects of criminal law. His work has been supported by organizations including the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the CDC. In 2014, he was the recipient of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).
Antoin Quarles
Founder @Helping Oppressed People Excel (HOPE)
Antoin Quarles was born in Baltimore and raised in the Park Heights neighborhood. He was adopted shortly after birth and felt the absence of the parents, especially his father, throughout his young life. In 2014, Antoin founded HOPE Baltimore - Helping Oppressed People Excel. Led by those with experience overcoming the challenges of returning to society after incarceration, HOPE empowers men and women to make this transition successfully and permanently. HOPE helps connect those integrating back into society with practical matters, such as resources for job and GED training; managing caseworker and other appointments; and developing new coping skills, accountability, life laws, and strong relationships to help deal with the stresses of life outside, as well as deeper hurt and trauma.
Alejandro Raygoza, M.A.
Grant Specialist and Program Lead @California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Alejandro Raygoza serves as a Grant Specialist and Program Lead for the Community and Local Equity Grants Unit at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). As part of his role, he has had the opportunity to witness the development and implementation of the Community Reinvestment Grants program from its inception. He was born and raised in Mexico. He has a BA in International Relations and an MA in Public Administration and Social Innovation from Brigham Young University. Prior to working at GO-Biz, he worked both in the Social and Private sectors including work for International Development Projects in Ghana and Paraguay as well as doing product management for a tech startup. In his free time, he enjoys doing international travel, being outdoors, and expressing through art. He is rock climbing enthusiast, a retired musician, and the most average salsa dancer.