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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Richmond Hayes

Richmond Hayes is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his M.A. in forensic psychology from the George Washington University and his B.S. in psychology from Howard University. ...Read more



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Community Connections Fellow Led Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Community Connections Fellow Led Webinar," which occurred July 28, 2021, are now available for download......Read more
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Provisional Drug Overdose Deaths
In 2020, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased nearly 30% representing the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. There was a 29.6% increase in drug overdose deaths between 2019 (71,130) and 2020 (92,183), which suggests an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 In response to the accelerating death rate, CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. stated, “The disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit those with substance use disorder hard. As we continue the fight to end this pandemic, it’s important to not lose sight of different groups being affected in other ways. We need to take care of people suffering from unintended consequences.” Other recent studies in Philadelphia and California found that the greatest increase in drug overdose deaths during the pandemic was among Black Americans.2 The increase in drug overdose deaths highlights the need for essential services to remain accessible for people who are most at risk of overdose and the need to expand prevention and response activities.3

Percentage Change in Reported 12 Momth Count of Drug Overdose Deaths, by Jurisdiction
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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (December 17, 2020). Overdose Deaths Accelerating During COVID-19: Expanded Prevention Efforts Needed [Press release]. Retrieved External Web Site Policy
  2. Khatri UG, Pizzicato LN, Viner K, et al. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Unintentional Fatal and Nonfatal Emergency Medical Services–Attended Opioid Overdoses During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Philadelphia. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(1):e2034878. doi: Web Site Policy
  3. NCHS, National Vital Statistics System. Estimates for 2020 are based on provisional data. Estimates for 2015-2019 are based on final data (available from: External Web Site Policy