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Congressional Briefing: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic and its Hidden Casualties: Local Health Departments on the Frontlines

The National Association of County and City Health Officials, in partnership with the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors invite you to attend a briefing Tackling the Opioid Epidemic and its Hidden Casualties: Local Health Departments on the Frontlines. Panelists will include locally elected officials and appointed public health directors who are directly involved in community efforts to mitigate against and prevent new instances of opioid misuse and dependence.

Overdoses caused by opioids, both prescription and illicit, are responsible for the deaths of 91 American every day. The nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments and community leaders are crucial to protecting the health and well-being of our communities and are instrumental in curbing the opioid epidemic and its hidden casualties such as the spread of infectious diseases, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and impact on the workforce. This briefing will offer an opportunity to learn more about effective local public health interventions, including harm reductions strategies, overdose prevention and syringe services programs. Speakers will underscore the necessity for a strong federal-state-local partnership and dedicated resources for local public health in any national opioid strategy.

EVENT DETAILS:

Monday, November 13, 2017

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2075 Rayburn House Office Building Snacks and refreshments will be provided

SPEAKERS:

  • Mayor Nan Whaley (invited) – Dayton, Ohio
  • Phyllis Randall – Chair, Board of Supervisors, Loudon County, Virginia
  • Michael Kilkenny, MD – Health Director, Cabell-Huntington Health Department, WV
  • Laura Hanen (Moderator) – Interim Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials

QUESTIONS/RSVP

To RSVP, please fill out this brief form or for additional information contact Ian Goldstein at igoldstein@naccho.org

ABOUT THE EVENT SPONSORS

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments found at the city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal level.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor.