The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

Promoting SBIRT in an Interprofessional Setting with Vulnerable Populations


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SBIRT is an evidence-based practice that can be used in a wide variety of settings with different populations. This free webinar will discuss how SBIRT is being implemented in different settings with vulnerable populations within an interprofessional context. Settings include a primary/behavioral health clinic staffed by faculty and students providing bridge care to uninsured immigrant populations, a foodbank, and shelters for men and women who are homeless. The presenters will explore benefits and challenges to implementing SBIRT in interprofessional settings. In addition, special attention will be directed toward SBIRT implementation with vulnerable populations. Addressing cultural variables and those that directly impact the social determinants of health require innovative strategies to promote behavioral change. Exploration of faculty and student roles along with curriculum support for SBIRT implementation in these settings will be explored.
Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand factors that impact the implementation of SBIRT in different interprofessional settings and the role of faculty and students in supporting this endeavor;
  • Identify different considerations in implementing SBIRT with vulnerable populations with diverse characteristics;
  • Explore strategies to promote an increase in interprofessional competencies through the implementation of SBIRT; and
  • Highlight challenges and unique training opportunities in implementing SBIRT within interprofessional settings with vulnerable populations.

Shauna Acquavita, PhD

Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Acquavita has a decade of social work experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. She completed a Pre-Doctorate Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Post-Doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Her research focuses on substance use disorders including tobacco use among vulnerable populations, specifically pregnant women. She is also a proponent of interprofessional education and collaboration.

Molly Everett Davis, PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at George Mason University

Dr. Everett Davis is an experienced social work educator that has been involved in teaching social work students at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to her work as a faculty member, she has practice experience in mental health and substance use and she has served on policy boards that govern mental health service delivery to include substance use disorders. She currently serves as Curriculum Coordinator on an SBIRT grant received by George Mason University. Dr. Davis has an extensive background in many areas of behavioral health and trauma, to include cultural competency. She currently serves on a team of faculty who manage an interprofessional primary health/behavioral health clinic that serves vulnerable clients and trains nursing, psychology, social work and other allied health students.


Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago