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UMass: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum are co-hosting a forum on “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts.” This event will focus on a new report issued by the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum that closely examines and seeks to combat the disproportionate impacts of opioid use disorder on the small, rural communities of Western Massachusetts.

Moderated by Greenfield Community College President Yves Salomon-Fernandez, the research panel, including experts from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Brandeis University’s Institute for Behavioral Health, UMass Medical School and Baystate Health, will discuss the findings of the report. A stakeholder panel will follow and address the challenges and explore the innovative approaches underway to tackle the crisis.

This work is supported through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, and Baystate Health. The issue brief is being produced by the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum in collaboration with the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative.

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Eastern
Location:
Campus Center Auditorium
Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003

Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible.