Pikeville, KY. – Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), Operation UNITE, and the University of Pikeville will host the third-annual Health Provider Education Substance Use Disorder Education event on Monday, March 2, 2020 at the University of Pikeville’s Health Professions Education Building.
“Appalachia Kentucky has made great strides in combating Substance Use Disorder, and this is a direct result of an all-hands-on-deck collaborative approach from community coalitions, recovery centers, workforce organizations, colleges and universities, and organizations like Operation UNITE,” said Jared Arnett, executive director of SOAR. “This event is about awareness and working with the health practitioners of today and tomorrow on the impact of Substance Use Disorder and the incredible work happening across the region to bring hope and healing to those in addiction.”
Operation UNITE, a Blueprint Partner of SOAR, is a proud partner of the Health Provider Substance Use Disorder Education event. UNITE stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment, and Education. Created in 2003, UNITE has become a national model for prevention and recovery initiatives. From county coalitions, law enforcement agencies and school groups, to youth camps, education and awareness, UNITE is a champion in deploying a comprehensive approach to eradicate addiction.
“It is vital to have the collaboration of our medical community. We are stronger together by educating current and future health professionals in awareness, prevention and response strategies to substance use disorders and drug abuse,” said Nancy Hale, president and CEO of Operation UNITE. “In addition, it is important that these professionals become actively involved by participating in their community coalitions.”
UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D. added: “Educating healthcare professionals about the effectiveness of various forms of treatment for substance use disorder is one of the many ways UPIKE provides ongoing education to our community. We are pleased to be partnering with SOAR in the pursuit of such a great mission.”
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed at thereisafuture.org/providereducation. The event will also be live-streamed and continuing education hours are provided. Organizations can streamline continuing education hours by registering their off-site location as a streaming site at https://form.jotform.com/200336207908047.
Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are scheduled to speak. Dr. Schuchat will provide video remarks. Here is a breakdown of the agenda topics:
Maternal Substance Use Disorder and the Impact on a Newborn | Dr. Henrietta Bada, University of Kentucky Perinatal Research and Wellness Center
Adverse Childhood Experiences Development of Diseases of Despair and Resilience | Dr. Connie White, Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Proactive Resilience and Treatment | Dr. Genesis Kilgore-Bowling, Chair of University of Pikeville School of Social Work
Regional Differences in Drug Overdose Mortality | Michael Meit, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
How Addiction Brought Me Her | Killeen Finnegan, OMS-II, Overdose Prevention Task Force, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
A Historical Review of Substance Use Disorder in Eastern Kentucky Resulting in Three Responses — Fear, Frustration, and Then Action | Kevin Mullins, Letcher County District Judge
Addiction Recovery for Women | Tim Robinson, Founder and CEO of Addiction Recovery Care
Osteopathic Treatment Modalities | Dr. Michael Carnes, Associate Professor, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Impact of Drug Abuse on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Dr. Chad Street, Oral Surgeon, Pikeville, KY
Those attending on-site will have the opportunity to participate in a NARCAN training following the event.
For more information on the Substance Use Disorder Education event, contact Dr. Margo Riggs, CDC liaison for SOAR, at firstname.lastname@example.org.