Chat About MAT Podcast - AzMAT Mentors Program and Center For Rural Health
Chat About MAT
Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
This podcast series discusses various aspects of implementing MAT into your provider arsenal with experts in the industry as well as patients.
Alyssa Padilla and Dr. Ben Brady hop on today's episode to discuss the benefits and impact of an extremely valuable provider resource: the AzMAT Mentors Program. They also shed light on the health disparities in Arizona, specifically in rural areas, and how that dramatically affects access to care and MAT services for Arizonans.
Alyssa Padilla, MPH is the Community Outreach Manager at the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health and Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center. Her expertise include access to care and substance use. Ms. Padilla’s work focuses on program operations and community outreach, education and marketing approaches. This includes project management, federal reporting, partner collaborations, and event planning for several HRSA, CDC, and ADHS grants such as the CDC Overdose Data to Action grant, HRSA Opioid Impacted Family Support Program, and other rural and urban underserved focused initiatives. Ms. Padilla has over 18 years hands-on experience with public health at the local, state and national level. She graduated from the UA Eller College of Management with a focus in Marketing and completed her Masters in Public Health from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Ms. Padilla is interested in community-based public health interventions and the social determinants of health, and works to improve the health and wellness of underserved communities. Born and raised in Tucson, Alyssa is committed to serving the Arizona community
Dr. Brady is an Assistant Professor at UArizona's Center for Rural Health in the Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center in the College of Medicine. He has worked in the field of substance use prevention and treatment for eight years, with experience in tobacco cessation, opioid overdose prevention, medication assisted treatment (MAT), and MAT workforce distribution across geographic and clinical settings. Dr. Brady has graduate degrees in sociology, health promotion, and health policy and management.