March 2021
CHAS eNews
Policy Briefs
Perceptions of Quality and Safety in Cannabis Acquisition Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men living with HIV/AIDS Who Use Cannabis: Impact of Legalisation and Dispensaries
More than 35 percent of young gay and bisexual men living with HIV in the United States report using cannabis daily. However, not much is known about the effects of recent legalisation of cannabis on this group's acquisition of cannabis products. A team of researchers including Alida Bouris (CHAS Fellow and Crown Family School Associate Professor) examine legalisation and changes in distribution venues in Denver and Chicago, which have different legal statuses for medical and recreational cannabis. They conducted interviews with 30 young gay and bisexual men living with HIV who were recruited through adolescent HIV clinics and service sites in both cities. Their findings indicate four domains in which the acquisition of cannabis from medical or recreational dispensaries was differentiated by participants from acquisition from illicit drug distribution networks: quality of information, perceived quality of products, safety of acquisition, and safety of products. The findings indicate that young men living with HIV in Denver perceive benefits from legalisation of cannabis in terms of quality of information and products and safety of acquisition for a range of medical, therapeutic, and recreational uses. However, participants in Chicago reported mixed levels of knowledge of potential benefits through the medical cannabis dispensaries in their area, and continue to be exposed to safety risks associated with street-based acquisition. Read the complete study and findings below.
Reducing Opioid Mortality in Illinois (ROMI): A Case Management/Peer Recovery Coaching Critical Time Intervention Clinical Trial Protocol
More than 2,000 Illinois residents died from opioid overdose in 2018. Individuals with a history of opioid use are also disproportionately represented in Illinois jails and prisons and face high risks of overdose and relapse when they reenter their communities. In a new publication, Harold Pollack (CHAS Co-Director and Helen Ross Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice) and researchers present a protocol for the Reducing Opioid Mortality in Illinois (ROMI) – a type 1 hybrid effectiveness-implementation randomized trial of case management, peer recovery coaching, and overdose eduction and naloxone distribution. This would be a novel, 12 month intervention that involves linkage to substance use treatment and support for continuity of care, skills building, and navigation and engagement of social services that will be implemented using a hub-and-spoke model of training and supervision across study sites. The study will include at least 1,000 individuals who have been released from jails and prisons from both urban and rural areas. The expected results are improved outcomes for vulnerable people who are at the margin of behavioral health and the criminal legal system. Read the full protocol for the study below.
Upcoming eLectures

Jonathan Cohn
4/13/2021 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Anna Volerman Beaser, MD
UChicago Medicine
4/20/2021 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Stephanie Rennane, PhD, MA
RAND Corporation
4/27/2021 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Julia Henly, PhD
University of Chicago
5/4/2021 @ 12:30 pm CDT

Dexter Voisin, PhD
University of Toronto
5/11/2021 @ 12:30 pm CDT
CHAS Podcasts
Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System
Dr. Tina Sacks, AM ’98, PhD ’13 Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley
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Spring Davis eLectures Begin Tuesday, April 13th
Registration is open for the Spring 2021 Davis eLecture Series! All webinars will be held on consecutive Tuesdays (at lunchtime) via Zoom. View the Spring schedule for upcoming guest lecturers on our website and under "Upcoming Lectures" at the top of this newsletter.

If you were unable to attend any Winter eLectures, we invite you to watch the recordings for these events on our YouTube channel!
Apply for 2021 CHAS Seed Grants
The Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice is proud to offer accepting proposals to our 2021 CHAS Seed Grants opportunity. Seed Grants provide modest research funding for a limited time (usually two years) to enable faculty investigators to explore the feasibility of a concept related to the mission of the Center and generate sufficient data to pursue it through other funding mechanisms. Learn more about our Seed Grants program on our website or search for “Center for Health Administration Studies” at

Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 30th, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci Receives the 2020 Harris Dean's Award
On March 4th, Dean Katherine Baicker of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy & CHAS Advisory Committee met with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. Dean Baicker presented Dr. Fauci with the 2020 Harris Dean's Award.

A video from the event is available here.