Feb 27 through 27 2018

NEHI Live! Fighting the Opioid Epidemic - Innovations in addressing a growing public health emergency


An estimated 42,000 Americans died from overdoses of prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl in 2016, an average of 115 Americans per day. In 2014, nearly two million Americans suffered from substance use disorder relating to opioids

Join our NEHI LIVE! Webinar on Tuesday, February 27 from 12:00 pm – 1:30pm ET to learn about public- and private-sector efforts to address the nation’s epidemic of opioid use disorder.

On the webinar, representatives from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Governors Association (NGA) will discuss federal and state level efforts, including the epidemiology of the opioid crisis and SAMHSA’s policy and programmatic initiatives to combat the epidemic, and NGA’s roadmap and tools for state government response to the crisis.

NEHI member organizations, Project ECHO, and its partnering ECHO “hub” site at Boston Medical Center, will discuss efforts to train primary care providers and community health centers via telehealth in the use of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.


Moderator: Susan Dentzer, NEHI President and CEO

Panel speakers:

  • Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Rachel King, MD, Director of Primary Care Integration at DotHouse Health; Medical Director of the Boston Medical Center Project ECHO
  • Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM, Associate Director, ECHO Institute™; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
  • Colleen T LaBelle MSN, RN-BC, CARN, Director State Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT); Director, Boston Medical Center’s OBAT
  • Kelly Murphy, Program Director, Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, National Governors Association (NGA)

If you have additional questions about the webinar or NEHI policy initiatives, please contact Lauren Choi, NEHI Vice President, Policy Partnerships at lchoi@nehi.net.

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