The PROSPER Projects
Dr. Marianne Cloeren, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) are Co-Principal Investigators on multiple related projects and research studies addressing the barriers to employment faced by adults in recovery from Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) in Maryland. These projects focus on the intersection of work and recovery, with support not only for patients in recovery from OUD but also employers who want to learn and do more to support employees in recovery as they obtain and sustain meaningful employment and safety. These projects also serve an interprofessional education purpose, as the research and collaborating partners include scholars and community stakeholders from the fields of medicine, social work, nursing, pharmacy, public health, law, business, and epidemiology.
Drs. Cloeren and Frey were engaged in 2023 to serve as advisors to the Maryland Department of Labor as it plans policies to support the development of recovery-friendly workplaces in Maryland. They are also working with the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) to develop evidence-based approaches to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental health conditions in construction work. The PROSPER team is collaborating with other UMB researchers, including the Kahlert Institute for Addiction Medicine and the IRIS program (Innovations in Recovery through Infrastructure Support). Our team also participates in the Recovery Friendly Workplace Community Initiative.