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Wellness in Recovery (WinR)

The WinR Addiction Advocacy Research
Student Internship/Faculty Fellowship Program

Wellness in Recovery (WinR): Building Vibrant Partnerships and Communities 

The Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS) has launched Wellness in Recovery (WinR), which is a community based participatory initiative focused on addiction advocacy and research. WinR is aligned with our social justice mission to support advocacy for individuals and families who have been hit hard by the colliding opioid, coronavirus, and racial (OCR) pandemics. WinR capitalizes on existing CAS activities to expand cross disciplinary capacity-building among historically under-represented minoritized faculty and students with shared interests in community-based participatory research to benefit individuals in recovery, family supporters, and advocacy organizations. We strive to create vibrant healthy communities—bridging in new voices and lived experiences that will contribute to advancing the Center’s impact. WinR Student Interns, Faculty Fellows, and CAS leadership will engage in community-based participatory research projects to advance knowledge for individuals and groups affected by the colliding COR epidemics. Through these partnerships we will advance excellence through transformative ideas, policies, and services that will improve individual lives, families, and communities affected by the interrelated challenges of the opioid crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, and racial injustice and inequities, while advancing excellence through promoting diversity in all of its forms. We are excited to be creating this opportunity and strengthening interdisciplinary partnerships within Rutgers and the community. 

Program Components

  • Funding for student and faculty fellowship positions for underrepresented minoritized students and faculty interested in community based participatory research for addiction advocacy and policy development to provide mentorship, interdisciplinary collaboration and new community connections.
  • Funding for community based participatory research projects that will advance knowledge for addiction advocacy for families and communities affected by OCR epidemics.
  • Establishing a community advisory board (CAB) of diverse family supporters, individuals with lived experience, to guide research projects, as well as inform dissemination activities. 
  • Establish a robust website repository so family supporters and people in recovery can access WinR resources as well as to highlight education, advocacy activities and research.

CAS WinR Leadership: Dr Denise Hien, Dr Peggy Swarbrick, Dr Alex Bauer. 

The aim is to promote healing and ensure vibrant healthy communities, bringing important new perspectives into our Center.

Developing a sense of connection and a well developed support system.

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Funded Student Internship Positions

For undergraduate and/or graduate students from URGs interested in addiction advocacy, research and policy work to support interdisciplinary mentorship, research training, and pilot project funding.

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Funded Faculty Fellowship Positions

For faculty from URGs interested in community based participatory research for addiction advocacy and policy development to provide mentorship, interdisciplinary collaboration and new community connections, and research project funding.

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Community Advisory Board (CAB)

Comprised of family supporters, individuals with lived experience, to guide research projects, as well as inform the design of psychoeducation and public education materials.

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Annual Conference

Share work and inspire collective action to ensure sustained transformation for individuals and communities.

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