Fels Symposium | Philadelphia's Opioid Crisis

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Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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The Fels Institute of Government hosts a semi-annual public policy symposium that shines a light on what local and state government officials are doing to address nationally relevant issues in Philadelphia. This semester’s symposium will address the burgeoning opioid crisis by evaluating how public policy can stem the ever-growing number of newly addicted individuals. Government officials have dedicated a substantial amount of resources and attention to treating people who are already addicted to opioids, but less resources have been dedicated to addressing some of the root causes of an individual’s addiction.

Attendees will wrestle with how an individual gets addicted to opioids, the trajectory of their addiction, and the impact of overprescribing of opioids by the medical community. The discussion will also explore what lessons the policy community has learned from the opioid crisis that can be used to prevent and address the next potential drug crisis. 

Registration is required to attend. Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2IhHTUd


Tentative Program Overview:

8:30 AM   Registration Opens
9:00 AM   Welcome and Opening Remarks

Michael DiBerardinis, Fels Professor of Practice
 Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Wendell Pritchett, PhD, J.D., Provost, University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Farley, M.D., MPH, Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia

9:35 AM   Topic 1: "The Opioid Crisis in America"

Presentation by Vikram Krishnasamy, M.D., MPH
Physician and Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:55 AM   Topic 1 Panel Discussion

Moderator/Discussant: Virginia Calega, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Independence Blue Cross
          Rachel Levine, M.D., Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
          Laura Murray, D.O., Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer, Merakey
          Chris Tjoa, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Adult Services, Community Behavioral Health
          Lara C. Weinstein, M.D., MPH, DrPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University; 
                    Site Medical Director, Project HOME Health Services

10:45 AM   Break
10:55 AM   Topic 2: "Drug regulation, drug treatment, and preventing the next drug crisis"

Presentation by Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.
Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

11:15 AM   Topic 2 Panel Discussion

Moderator/Discussant: Patrick J. Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
          Hope Selarnick, M.D., Director of Addiction Services, CMCVAMC
          Sosunmolu O. Shoyinka, M.D., MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services
          Jennifer Smith, Secretary of PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

12:05 PM   Lunch
1:20 PM   Topic 3: Addressing over-prescribing of opioids by health care professionals

Presentation by Andrew Kolodny, M.D.
Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University;
Executive Director, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

1:45 PM   Topic 3 Panel Discussion

Moderator/Discussant: Sue Freeman, M.D., President & CEO, Creative HealthCare Initiatives, Inc.
          Jeff Hom, M.D., MPH, Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Health
          Andrew Kolodny, M.D.
          Samir Mehta, M.D., Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Service, University of Pennsylvania;
                    Vice Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

2:40 PM   Closing Remarks
3:00 PM   Reception



Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
Event Contact: 

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326