Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Opioid Epidemic Response Training

The Health Federation of Philadelphia believes that every person deserves health care whether or not they are in recovery and works in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to provide programs to train providers how to treat opioid use disorder and conditions related to substance use.

Our trainings emphasize harm reduction, the use of medications for opioid use disorder in primary care settings, trauma informed practice and treatment of comorbidities associated with substance use.

 The Opioid Response Program is now called the Substance Use Resources, Guidance, and Education (SURGE) Program.  While we are rebranding and preparing a new website, please see below for our upcoming programs: 


Perinatal OUD Learning Collaboratives:

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 8:30 - 9:30 am

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 8:30 - 9:30 am


Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Case Review: Xylazine Withdrawal Management

The presence of xylazine in the drug supply has further complicated withdrawal management for patients. Dr. Ehrman-Dupre and Dr. Kaigh will describe inpatient withdrawal management for a patient admitted for wounds related to injection drug use.


Opioid & Substance Use Disorders in Cisgender Women through the Life Course           

April 26, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Caitlin E. Martin, MD, MPH 

This program is the second in a 4-part educational series on Perinatal Behavioral Health sponsored by the Community Behavioral Health (CBH) Community-Based Care Management (CBCM) program. The CBH CBCM program is designed to improve the behavioral health outcomes for Medicaid-eligible pregnant, postpartum and inter-conception women and their families through the following:

• Enhanced coordination of services for behavioral and physical health

• Mitigation of social determinants of health barriers

• Reduction of healthcare disparities

• Enhanced substance use treatment

• Addressing behavioral health training needs"        



8-Hour Live Online MOUD Waiver Training      

April 27, 2022 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Faculty: Serge-Emile Simpson, MD, Kyle Kampman, MD 

This training will prepare new buprenorphine prescribers, as well as assist physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who plan to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder for more than 30 patients.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants planning to apply for a >30 waiver will need to complete an additional 16 hours of training online in order to fully complete their waiver training. Information about how to access required additional training will be provided on April 27."



The Care and Treatment of Families Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder, Part 2           

April 28, 2022 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Roschanak Mossabeb, MD, Arielle Narva MSS, Amirah Grasty, Sam Merkt, MSc, MaryNissi Lemon, BA, April Lee      Part 2 of the Care and Treatment of Families Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder program delves further into important ways to proactively support people with OUD in the perinatal period, promote safe behaviors, and encourage an optimal environment for parents and infants during pregnancy, after delivery, and beyond discharge from the hospital. Practical suggestions and reality-based explanations for trauma-informed strategies will be detailed.


Accredited for: CME, Nursing, SW, CRS


Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Preceptor Training     

May 3, 2022 schedule will be finalized shortly

Faculty: Dana Higgins, MPH, Lara Carson Weinstein, MD, MPH, DrPH, Maggie Lowenstein, MD, MPH, MPhil, Nicole O'Donnell, CRS, Kara Cohen, CRNP        

This didactic training is the first part of a mini-residency program that is followed by an individual on-site observation with an experienced faculty preceptor. This program was developed to address the needs of providers who are integrating screening and treatment for opioid use disorder into their practice and the content has been designed to address concerns related to your practice and work site.

In-person observation sessions are CME accredited and must be scheduled a minimum of 4 weeks in advance by contacting Caroline Drob, Program Assistant. Sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis."  



HIV Medical Management: Didactic and Clinical Experience three-day course will be held virtually on Monday and Tuesday 8:00 am-5:30 pm May 9 -10 2022 for two didactic days; Followed by a clinical day on one of these dates May 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 2022- which is an in-person clinical observation day.   For more information and registration link:

Call or Text Susan Thompson 267-847-6396 with questions