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Opioids: Policy to Practice

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

With the opioid epidemic affecting millions of Americans every year, leading universities have become hotbeds of research and innovation aimed at improving prevention, treatment, public policy and community response. The presidents of two institutions leading the way – the University of Michigan and Harvard University – have teamed up to organize a one-day summit to share new knowledge and best practices.

Called “Opioids: Policy to Practice,” the summit on Friday, May 10 aims to connect policymakers, clinicians and community organizations with university experts in ways that could lead to new policy and practice changes. The summit is co-chaired by Harvard FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett and the University of Michigan’s Dr. Chad Brummett. It will feature remarks by U-M President Mark Schlissel, and a keynote address by opioid policy leader Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A live webcast will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of the community who work in public policy, health insurance and community health are especially invited to register. Registration is required for webcast viewers.

Alternatively, you can stop by Kresge G1 where the webcast will be shown live (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Dr. Bassett will speak on a panel about a public health response to the opioid crisis. To register for the webcast and view a full list of speakers and topics, visit http://opioidsummit.umich.edu/. The event will be live-tweeted – follow along using #OpSummit19. A video recording will be available after the summit.

The partnership between U-M and Harvard seeks to create a critical mass of expertise that has potential to make a lasting positive impact. Both universities have long, distinguished histories of tackling major societal problems, and Presidents Bacow and Schlissel announced the partnership in September 2018 to leverage intellectual resources against the national opioid crisis. On average, 130 people in the United States die each day from an opioid overdose. The summit in Michigan, and an upcoming one in Massachusetts, address the need to share proven approaches that will make a measurable and sustained difference for communities across the nation.

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May 10, 2019
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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