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New Resource to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Address Substance Misuse and Addiction
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Regina McConkey, Education Program Coordinator
Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention | Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Workplace substance abuse affects all businesses, regardless of size or industry. Employees facing challenges caused by substance use, whether suffering themselves or caring for a loved one, do not do so in a vacuum outside of their workplace. A new resource guide, "Addiction and the Workplace," provides Alaska employers with pointers on how to support workforce wellness as it relates to substance use.
- How to design and implement workplace policies to protect and support workforce
- Legal issues that may pertain to addressing substance use in the workplace
- How to ensure health plan benefits adequately address substance use disorders
- Best practice ways to discuss substance use with your workforce
Training can help all staff be aware of workplace substance abuse and the importance of your organization’s expectations, practices and policies.
Regina McConkey is the Education Program Coordinator with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Regina has been with the State of Alaska for 15 years. She is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of their education program efforts to reduce substance misuse, addiction and related harms through improved health literacy.
Regina reviews national evidence and assesses knowledge, attitudes and beliefs for key audiences in order to develop programs and resources for improved decision-making at the individual, community and systems levels. She also supports and/or leads substance-related continuing education activities to develop the health professional workforce.
Regina partners with local community leaders and health professionals to build capacity for communities to develop local-level education programs.