Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series

Presenter:  Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Dean, Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

Title:  Evaluation of Public Policies to Address the Opioid Crisis: What Works?

Abstract:  In this presentation, Dr. MacKinnon will provide an overview of the current state of the opioid crisis in the US, with a focus on Ohio. Sharing examples from his ow n research and from other researchers, he'll provide an update on some of the latest trends of this epidemic. Strategies and policies used by the Ohio Department of Health and others, and the effectiveness of these strategies, will be shared and reviewed. An example of a university and health system (the University of Cincinnati and UC Health) working together to address the opioid crisis through a joint task force will be reviewed as a case study.

Anyone with an interest in the opioid crisis, including those who wonder how we can best address this epidemic, will benefit from this seminar, whether a researcher, clinician, policy maker, health advocate or other.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the magnitude of the opioid crisis nationally and in Ohio; Discuss strategies and policies used in Ohio to address the opioid crisis; Consider how one university and health system in Ohio are addressing the crisis. 

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Neil MacKinnon is Dean and Professor of the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. He is also co-chair of the UC/UC Health Opioid Task Force. Prior to his current position, Neil served as Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona, which houses the State Office of Rural Health for Arizona. A native of Nova Scotia and a former faculty member at Dalhousie University, Neil co-authored the Canadian bestselling book, Take as Directed, with Rhonda Church, a family physician. Neil has been an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology since 1999.


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