Drugs are a Local Phenomenon for LGBTQ
Populations: Implications for SBIRT
- Appreciate the social geography of substance use for LGBTQ populations;
- Understand the ways that substance use relates to broader health disparities; and
- Consider the ways that local contextual knowledge can improve SBIRT implementation.
Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, (Department of Psychiatry & College of Nursing). Dr. Karnik is Associate Professor in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Section and Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at the Rush College of Nursing. At Rush University, he is also Medical Director of the Road Home Program: Center for Veterans and their Families, and Director of the Rush University Life Course SBIRT Training Program. He concurrently serves as an Associate Faculty Member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on community-based interventions for high-risk populations with psychiatric and substance use disorders. In the past, he has worked with refugee children on the Pakistan-Afghan border, street children in India, foster youth in Central Illinois, and incarcerated youth in California. He worked at a youth homeless shelter in San Francisco and is continuing this work with homeless youth in Chicago. The major focus of his research is on using mobile health technologies to bridge the needs of vulnerable youth and enable providers to deliver services to at-risk populations.
Tanya Friese, DNP, RN, CNL, USN(ret), served as a Hospital Corpsman during the first Gulf War. After service-connected disabilities resulted in her retirement from the Navy, she completed a bachelor’s degree in public health and a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing. Friese teaches in the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University is the nursing education manager for interprofessional continuing education, and the educational coordinator for the Road Home Program at Rush. Her areas of expertise include veterans and their families, mental health, individuals with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ.