Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Implementation of a medical student-run telemedicine program for medications for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

Castillo, M., Conte, B., Hinkes, S., Mathew, M., Na, C. J., Norindr, A., Serota, D. P., Forrest, D. W., Deshpande, A. R., Bartholomew, T. S., Tookes, H. E.

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Organizational Change/ Development
Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Policy Change/ Development
Healthcare Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article describes the implementation of a medical student-run, free virtual clinic providing medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in Miami, Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility criteria for accessing services through the clinic included Florida residency and an income below 200% of the federal poverty level. The article describes how the students promoted the clinic, the process for providing MAT virtually (under supervision of an attending physician), patient characteristics, and reports process evaluation data for the clinic. The practice strategy this article is focused on is access to MAT for people with OUD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People Experiencing Poverty, People With Substance Use Disorders

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