IPEC Anchor Event: Stigma and Recovery: Change Attitudes, Change Actions, and Champion Recovery in Healthcare

Forum Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Alison Webb, MPH, PS-C, Andrew Kiezulas, Matthew Braun

Clockwise from top left: Alison Webb, MPH, PS-C, Andrew Kiezulas, Matthew Braun

We are change agents when it comes to creating recovery-ready healthcare organizations, communities, educational institutions, and service agencies.,  This program  explores the impact of stigma on people living in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders; engages participants in identifying structural, public and self-stigma; and identifies ways to adopt language and take actions to align with and support the development of recovery- oriented language,  healthcare, and  self-efficacy and community engagement.  


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Alison Webb, MPH, PS-C

Alison Webb is an independent public health consultant with over 20 years experience in community outreach and organizing, substance use and overdose prevention, community based substance use recovery supports, and linking community members with healthcare services. Her work in substance use includes creating protocols for primary care physicians to refer patients to substance use treatment, promoting the Prescription Monitoring Program, conducting formative research on hard-to-reach populations such as intravenous drug users, analyzing data to detect emerging substance abuse trends, developing street outreach and overdose prevention programs, increasing access to medication assisted treatment, working with schools to develop substance use policies, and developing strategies for grassroots advocacy.

She has experience implementing and evaluating evidence based programs and practices in substance use prevention and treatment, recovery coaching in a correctional setting, developing communication strategies based on social marketing principals, conducting formative research, and developing messages in plain language. She has worked with and trained community groups and individuals to develop advocacy strategies for legislation to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and to prevent drug overdose deaths.

Alison has worked actively in her own community and served as President of Greater Waterville Planned Approach to Community Health, a comprehensive community health coalition. She is currently a member of the Portland Overdose Task Force, the Maine chapter of Young People in Recovery and the Maine Public Health Association. She serves on the Board of the Portland Recovery Community Center.

Andrew Kiezulas

Andrew Kiezulas achieved his Chemistry baccalaureate in 2017 with concentrations in Mathematics and Leadership and Organizational Studies, and is now a 2018 Masters of Policy, Planning and Management candidate at the University of Southern Maine, where he is also a co-founder of the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (the ROCC), a nationally recognized Collegiate Recovery Program. Andrew sits as the North East Regional Chapter Coordinator for YPR-National (Young People in Recovery) and is also the founder of YPR-Portland, ME. In his free time, Andrew also volunteers as a Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Governance Board Member (CPPC-Maine), a NAMI-Maine Board of Directors member; an active member of the Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC), and an associate at Nautilus Public Health. Andrew is very active with policy and advocacy in the State of Maine, has testified and presented numerous times the last 4 legislative sessions, and is passionate about influencing public opinion to re-shape public policy.

Matthew Braun

Matthew Braun has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder since 2009. He has become one of Maine’s most outspoken young people in recovery, and the national group, Young People in Recovery (YPR), awarded him the 1st Annual Charles M. Mayr Award for Outstanding Advocate of the Year in 2016. He has spoken publicly since his early recovery and has worked diligently to help many groups learn essential aspects of substance use disorders including the underlying struggles, the bio-psychosocial model of treatment, the barriers and needs of people in recovery, and the importance of listening to the patient’s voice.

He is currently a board member for both the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, and he also serves on the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2015.

He has spent the past 3 years in the prevention field. He received his B.S in Human Biology from the University of Southern Maine in 2014 and, while a student, worked full time at the Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology for 6 years, studying metal-induced carcinogenesis in human cells.

Matthew believes that people in recovery make the world a better place and talks as often as possible about the value of recovery. He is now pursuing a degree in medicine, a field in which he is excited to incorporate all of his interests and experiences with research, public health, behavioral health, patient care, and advocacy.


IPEC, The Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine




(207) 221-4114

12:00 PM1:30 PM
Innovation 104 (PC)/ Decary 202 (BC)

Both Campuses

Free for students and open to the public

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