Psych Matters Blog
Treating addiction is not just a medical duty, but a moral obligation that stands at the forefront of healthcare priorities. As we approach International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, the significance of addressing addiction in Tucson cannot be overstated. Addiction tears apart lives, families, and communities, leading to devastating consequences.
After a career spanning more than thirty years, and the last 18 years with the College of Medicine – Tucson Psychiatry Department, Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD, retired at the end of June as the Department’s Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and as a Clinical Associate Professor. We talked about the trajectory of her career and life, starting with her academic and professional interests that eventually drew her to Tucson and the Psychiatry Department in 2002.
While the Department strives to be an inclusive community of healers and educators, we have not fully achieved our goal of effectively engaging with the unique communities of Southern Arizona that also provide physical and behavioral health and wellness programming, in particular tribal nations, agencies, and rural college campuses serving primarily Hispanic communities, groups who have historically been excluded from many university-led initiatives.