Recovery Month 2022 Community Events and Initiatives

The Cooper Center for Healing team poses with purple ribbon pins in honor of Overdose Awareness Week and Recovery Month, created during the center’s August 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup Meeting.

Camden County: An inaugural Camden-based community event series, “The Practices of Healing and Hope,” will launch on Thursday, September 15, 2022 and run through Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Camden County College’s Camden campus in partnership with the Center for Healing, Cooper Family Medicine, and other community partners. The kickoff event on September 15 will feature the center’s Dr. Baston and Iris Jones, who will both discuss the history of SUD treatment, pervasive systemic racism that has led to unjust disparities in care, and how communities can work together to not repeat the past and to ensure everyone possesses the knowledge they need to advocate for the treatments they deserve. Other topics covered by community partners during the fall, winter, and spring events will focus on grief, neurodiversity, disabilities, psychology, blues music, spirituality, poetry, and mindfulness and self-compassion (featuring Program Director for Family Medicine Residency at Cooper, Maya Bass, MD, FAAFP). To learn more and register for an event(s), please visit

Salem County: On Fridays in September, the Salem County DMHAS will celebrate people living with SUD and share stories of strength and hope on the DMHAS Facebook Page to show that recovery is possible. To submit your story, please contact Victoria Maurizio, Director of the Salem County DMHAS, at or 856.935.7510, extension 8449.

Statewide: On Wednesday, September 21, NJ DMHAS will host “Virtual Opioid Summit 2022: The Evolving Opioid Crisis: A Collaborative Approach.” Please save the date and join the Center for Healing team during this summit. Drs. Haroz and Carroll will present on key statewide work to address and overcome the overdose crisis, with focus on Cooper’s Bupe FIRST EMS Program. To learn more and register for the summit, please visit


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