eHaRT-A: adapting an evidence-based, in-person harm reduction treatment into a virtual care telehealth intervention for people with lived experience of homelessness and alcohol use disorder

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The unprecedented global pandemic has highlighted the digital divide and limited access to alcohol-related treatments among marginalized communities, specifically individuals with lived experience of homelessness. In line with the NIAAA health initiative seeking to integrate technology-based interventions among vulnerable populations, this study directly addresses this mission by proposing innovative methods (i.e., user-centered design + a community based participatory research framework) to adapt an in-person harm reduction for alcohol (HaRT-A) intervention into a telehealth platform (eHaRT-A) that can then be tested and successfully implemented into low-barrier Housing First settings. As healthcare continues to move more services online, it is essential to understand ways to successfully adapt and implement rigorously tested telehealth treatment services for marginalized communities to ameliorate alcohol-related harms.

Project Period:
September 13, 2022 August 31, 2027

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Geographic Area(s):
King County, Seattle/Puget Sound, University of Washington

Practice Type(s):
Community-Based Organizations

Patient Population(s):
Adults, Low-income

Targeted Condition(s):
General Mental Well-Being, Health disparities, Homelessness, Substance use disorders/misuse