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Addressing Racial Bias in AI for Equitable Substance Use Recovery

Addressing Racial Bias in AI for Equitable Substance Use Recovery
A Recorded Webinar
Recorded on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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The highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in the United States in a year's time was reported between March 2021 and March 2022. Access to substance use treatment is limited, particularly in rural and predominantly black communities. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been proposed as a potential solution. It can analyze vast amounts of data, create personalized treatment plans, and detect early signs of relapse. However, there are concerns about the use of AI in healthcare due to biases in AI healthcare data, which could perpetuate existing inequality in substance use treatment. This webinar explores the integration of AI in substance treatment and recovery and its impact on racial disparities.
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to recall impact of AI integration in substance use recovery and its potential benefits in providing personalized treatment plans and timely interventions for individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Participants will be able to analyze the concerns and ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in healthcare, particularly about racial bias and potential disparities in treatment recommendations and resource allocation.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate disparities in substance use treatment and arrest rates among racial communities in the United States. Assess the role of substance use counselors in mitigating bias when using AI algorithms for personalized treatment plans.


Kaii Marie Robertson, BA and Certified Restorative Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

Kaii Marie Robertson, BA and Certified Restorative Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, is a co-founder of the Behavioral Health Mind Body Academy (bhmba), which offers virtual training on substance use, mental health, and wellness. She is also a guest lecturer at Central Piedmont Community College's Public Safety Leadership Institute. Robertson previously worked in the state and federal government and as Director of the New York State Housing Choice Voucher Program. In 2017, she provided restorative yoga to the community through the Bernard Buddy Jordan Foundation. Robertson lives in North Carolina with her husband and enjoys adventure activities, reading, watching documentaries, and studying astrology.

Shevel Mavins, MS

Shevel Mavins, MS, is the founder of Addiction-Prevention LLC, and co-founder of The Behavioral Health Mind Body Academy where she provides training on substance use, mental health, and wellness. She also provides virtual and face-to-face wellness retreats and workshops that embrace rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit and support a healthy lifestyle. Mavins provides one-to-one coaching for individuals experiencing career burnout. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in psychology and attended a dual graduate program in vocational rehabilitation counseling and school counseling. She also earned her Master’s degree in human services with a specialization in counseling studies and addiction and mental health disorders.

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Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.
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