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Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on September 23, 2019. Training Overview The current opioid epidemic exists in the context of unique drivers and circumstances including pharmaceutical marketing, business decisions of illicit drug distributors, stigma, inadequate medical and behavioral health systems, social determinants of health, among other factors. Response to this public health crisis has mobilized release of new guidance materials, legislation, funding, and policy change to address prevention, treatment, and recovery. Response to opioid use as a public health concern, however, is not new. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the history of opioid crisis and response, and the policy and programmatic response to the current crisis, including how the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act) is guiding current federal response.  A systems mapping framework will be used to describe how specific policy actions fit into the overall response effort, and the populations affected.  The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Brigitte Manteuffel, PhD, a senior fellow at Mathematica, has more than 30 years of experience in research, evaluation, and behavioral health. She is a national expert in the evaluation of behavioral health systems of care and has special expertise in the opioid epidemic and youth substance use disorders. Her work focuses on Mathematica’s state and federal behavioral health portfolio with a special interest in improving the infrastructure to address substance use problems, particularly the opioid epidemic. Prior to joining Mathematica in 2019, she has led studies on state opioid response needs, best practices for integrating mental health and substance use services in Ireland, evidence-based guidelines for juvenile drug courts, and implementing an evidence-based intervention to reduce fetal alcohol exposure in sexually transmitted disease clinics; and worked closely with Georgia’s Department of Public Health to develop and launch Georgia’s opioid strategic plan.  This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on January 29, 2018. Training Overview In order to address the opioid misuse crisis, public health needs examples of prevention strategies at multiple levels from opioid tapering to bio-psycho-social-spiritual approaches to manage chronic pain. This webinar will describe ways to assist in determining if an opioid taper is appropriate for a given patient, in performing the taper, and in incorporating whole health strategies into a new care plan. Additionally, we will discuss the creation process and outcomes of the Empower Veterans Program developed at the Atlanta VA which engages an interdisciplinary team to deliver an integrated, intensive, self-care training program for restoration from chronic pain. The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainers Dr. Cantrell graduated from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Residency at the Atlanta VA. In 2003, Heidi began working as an ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management. Heidi started her current position in Academic Detailing in March 2016. Dr. Saenger is a clinician, teacher and system re-designer. He has taught evidence-based primary care, major depression care, and chronic pain management. For the last seven years, Dr. Saenger has led inter-professional teams for health system opioid safety at Grady Health System and the Atlanta VA. He is a national speaker regarding improved chronic pain management safety and care. In 2014, Dr. Saenger completed an advanced fellowship in quality improvement and system redesign with the VA National Quality Scholars Program. For the Southeastern VHA Region, Dr. Saenger is the Physician Lead for Pain Management and faculty for IHI/Samueli Institute’s Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on April 28, 2021. Training Overview The epidemic of opioid use and related harms has been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mitigation strategies for COVID-19 have led to disruption in the delivery of healthcare, increased social isolation, and rapid release of individuals from jails and prisons- all of which may increase the risk of overdose. Gaps in the continuum of care including access to mortality-reducing medication treatment for opioid use disorder have become more evident. In response, the federal government has made significant changes intended to provide more flexibility in how and where care is delivered for both methadone and buprenorphine treatment. Providers have welcomed these changes, and we will discuss several of these practice changes including how to utilize telemedicine and new long-acting injectable formulations to initiate and help retain patients in care.   The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Michelle Lofwall, MD, DFAPA, DFASAM, is a Professor of Behavioral Science and Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. She is the Bell Alcohol and Addictions Endowed Chair and medical director of the First Bridge clinic, which provides comprehensive outpatient opioid use disorder treatment to patients discharging from emergency rooms and inpatient medical/surgical services.  Her research has been funded by NIH and industry and has recently focused on evaluation of long-acting buprenorphine formulations, including CAM2038/Brixadi.  She was an expert panel member on SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 63) for Medication Treatment of OUD, a past board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and President of the KY Chapter of ASAM, an invited speaker to the National Academy of Medicine, and recipient of several medical student teaching and mentorship awards.   This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on February 2, 2016. Training Overview "Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases" Richard Hamburg, Interim President and CEO of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) will present “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” lecture, which is focused on the TFAH's December 2015 Report of the same name.  The report provides state-by-state infectious disease prevention and control indicators as well as national issues and recommendations for improving our nation's efforts to fight infectious disease.  The lecture will share examples of key emerging disease, infections and emergency threats; highlight key report findings; and provide recommendations for strengthening disease prevention and control efforts.  The Models of Excellence lecture series highlights current public health issues or topics. The goal of the series is to explore the connection between innovation and public health practice as well as identify ways in which public health practitioners and health science faculty can facilitate the translation of innovation into practice. The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Richard Hamburg has helped lead TFAH's efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of health reform, and has been instrumental in TFAH's work on obesity prevention, building national pandemic flu and public health emergency response capabilities, and increasing support for public health programs. Prior to TFAH, Mr. Hamburg served in a number of roles with the American Heart Association (AHA), including as its national Director of Government Relations. At AHA, Mr. Hamburg managed health topics ranging from healthcare reform to tobacco control, to public access to defibrillation. He is also a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA's New York City affiliate. A native New Yorker, Mr. Hamburg is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, from which he received a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.  This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on June 26, 2017. Training Overview The webinar describes the epidemiologies of opioid misuse and associated harms including HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and overdoses in the US, and will use empirical evidence to describe the pathways linking opioid misuse to these harms. The webinar ends with a review of public health approaches to respond to these epidemics, which include medication assisted treatment, syringe exchange, and overdose prevention interventions. The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainers Sasha Mital, MPH, is pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is conducting research on opioid and medication assisted treatment use in the United States. She has an MPH in Global Health from Emory University and works as an epidemiologist in CDC's Division of Global HIV and TB, focusing on implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention programs for key populations.  Dr. Hannah Cooper is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Her research pertains to the social determinants of substance misuse and related harms in the United States. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on May 19, 2021. Training Overview This webinar was co-sponsored with the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center at Emory University.  The recent pandemic has created a confluence of uncertainty, social isolation, and disruptions in services and supports important to children.  The nature and extent of the mental health impact on this age group depends on pre-existing vulnerabilities, contextual issues related to their COVID experiences, and the effectiveness of response efforts. In this interactive, virtual webinar, risks and protective factors will be identified, and effective strategies for promoting recovery from pandemic related distress will be explored using a developmental lens, and a social-ecological framework. Whenever possible, child and parent narratives will be used to illustrate concepts. The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard. This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, and executive director of the UK Center on Trauma and Children. She is the Principal Investigator of the SAMHSA funded Category II Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center, the Category III Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute, and Chair Emeritus of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative group. She has or currently holds national leadership positions in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a steering committee member and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Special Interest Group Chair for the Terrorism and Disaster committee. Dr. Sprang has over 125 publications on topics such as child trauma, trauma-informed care, the commercial sexual exploitation of minors, implementation and sustainability, disaster response and secondary traumatic stress.  Her work involves the creation of translational This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

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