Emphasizing Prevention, Treatment, and Harm Reduction


With scholarship from the School’s oldest and largest research center—the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies—and emerging studies investigating and addressing America’s devastating opioid crisis, the School of Public Health is uniquely poised to help turn the tide of the opioid epidemic.


The School will work to inform public health policy and create interventions to prevent substance abuse and address the expanding scope of behavioral addictions that affect our society and world. Your gift will support students and faculty alike in understanding and researching high-risk behaviors and other causes of addiction.


Open a Research Action Lab

Create an “addiction research action lab,” with the express goal of supporting projects that involve both Brown researchers and state or national policymakers.

Address Health Disparities

Grow research through new training grants with an emphasis on addressing disparities in addiction risk and treatment, and use these funds to attract students from historically underrepresented groups and sexual and gender minorities.

Launch a Convening Hub

Serve as a central convening hub and “incubator” for cross-cutting addiction research.

Educate Future Leaders

Develop new opportunities to train undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees in cutting-edge methods to combat addiction.

Engage the Local Community

Deepen existing connections with the Rhode Island Department of Health so research can be translated into impact.

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