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National Opioid Leadership Summit 2019

Project Director(s)

Mary Pittman

Opioid use disorder isn’t contained by the walls of a cell, hospital or treatment center—and our interventions can’t be either. On June 25, 2019, the Public Health Institute hosted U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and colleagues from across the country in Sacramento to learn about, share and collaborate on real solutions to the opioid crisis that bridge the criminal justice, health care and public health sectors.Funders, national leaders and local innovators from across the country gathered for a solution-driven summit meant that sparked  new ideas and new collaborations, all presented through TED-style talks, keynotes and interactive breakouts.

Speakers included:

  • VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, Surgeon General of the United States

  • Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, Chief Executive Officer and President, Public Health Institute

  • Hailey Akah, JD, Health Policy Analyst, Health Policy Institute of Ohio; Aliese Alter, Program Manager, Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas; John Auerbach, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trust for America’s Health; Grant T. Baldwin, PhD, MPH, Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Brenna Banwarth-Kuhn, Lead, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America, California Opioid Safety Network, Public Health Institute; Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Debra Camarillo, MA, CATC I, Executive Director, The Latino Commission; Ruben Cantu, Program Manager, Prevention Institute; Phillip Coffin, MD, MIA, Director, Substance Use Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Curtis Florence, PhD, Lead Health Economist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joshua Hudson, Healing to Wellness Court Judge, Bay Mills Tribal Court; and Program Manager, Bay Mills Tribal Court, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan; Allie Hunter, MA, Executive Director, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative; Randy Jernejcic, MD, MMM, Vice President of Clinical Integration, University Hospitals of Cleveland; Marshall Kubota, MD, Regional Medical Director, Partnership HealthPlan of California; Rosemarie Martin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health; Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine, Director of the California Opioid Safety Network, Public Health Institute; Kris Nyrop, MA, Director of Harm Reduction Practices, Public Defender Association; Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, DFASAM, Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources/Recovery Enhanced by Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Health Services; and Co-author, The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know; Howard Padwa, PhD, Principal Investigator, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs; Marlies Perez, MA, Division Chief, California Department of Health Care Services; Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Director, High-Value Care, California Health Care Foundation; Bonnie Preston, MSPH, Executive Officer, Region IX Office of the Regional Director, United States Department of Health and Human Services; Arianna Sampson, PA-C, Director of the Rural Bridge Program and Northern California Regional Director, California Bridge Program; and Co-Principal Investigator, California Bridge Substance Use Navigator (SUN) Program; Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins; Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Co-author, The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know; Karen L. Smith, MD, MPH, Director and State Public Health Officer, California Department of Public Health; Hannah Snyder, MD, Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and Director of Inpatient Services, California Bridge Program; Wendy Still, MAS, Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County; Donna Strugar-Fritsch, BSN, MPA, Principal, Health Management Associates; Phillip Talbert, MEc, JD, First Assistant United States Attorney, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, United States Department of Justice; Mildred Thompson, MSW, Health Equity Consultant, MT Design and Consulting; Matt Willis, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, County of Marin.