EMSC Town Hall highlights SAMHSA rural health efforts

  • Published February 28, 2022

Humberto Carvalho, MPH, Project Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was the featured speaker at the Feb. 9 EMSC Town Hall. SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation; Carvalho spoke about efforts to prepare and strengthen the local healthcare workforce in rural areas.

He highlighted two programs specifically:

Rural Opioid Technical Assistance, a collaboration between SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which aims to to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities addressing opioid and stimulants issues affecting their communities.

Rural Emergency Medical Services Training, a program to recruit and train emergency medical services personnel in rural areas. From September 2020 to March 2021, the program recruited 399 EMS personnel and enrolled 1,974 EMS staff in training.

To watch a recording, visit the Town Hall archive. The next Town Hall will be May 11.