Project dates: May 2021 -April 2022
Racial disparities in the use of opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment have been well documented in the literature. One relatively understudied area of racial disparities in access to evidence-based OUD treatment are services offered directly by hospitals and through community-benefit investments that support the delivery of OUD treatment more broadly by community partners. These hospital-initiated or supported OUD treatment strategies are especially critical given the widespread emergence of COVID-19 and subsequent disruptions to the healthcare and social safety nets that may widen health disparities among racial/socio-economic lines. This study aims to describe changes in OUD services offered by hospitals before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and to examine the association between the provision of hospital initiatives to address OUD and the racial composition of the surrounding community.