Zero Stigma. Zero Deaths.

Working to Achieve Zero Stigma

Nearly 21 million people in the U.S. struggle with substance use disorders, yet only 10% of those suffering receive any type of specialty treatment for their disease. Many things contribute to this treatment gap, including lack of screening in the healthcare system, access or ability to afford care, and fear of shame or discrimination. In fact, a recent study indicated that 24% of those with this disease do not seek treatment because they do not want their friends, family and co-workers to know they have this disease.

To learn more about how to address stigma in the health care professions, RIZE is a funding partner, together with the GE Foundation, in a project with Shatterproof. The goal of this project is to identify barriers to achieving behavior change, and to make recommendations of program elements to address those barriers. This may include a combination of messaging, delivery channels, structural/process changes.

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