Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. surgeon general, gave the keynote address at the seventh annual Public Health Research at Maryland conference. Hosted by the the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, the event drew in more than 600 students, faculty, staff and community partners. Attendees experienced a showcase of research and panels on topics including sustainability, health technology and violence prevention under the theme, Health and Well-Being for All: Working Together Across Sectors.
Echoing this theme, Dr.Adams surged “public health folks” to collaborate with partners like police officers, school administrators and faith leaders to truly impact health. He noted how his first priority, the opioid epidemic, has been an opportunity to bring together diverse sectors of society to not just confront the crisis, but to address the “upstream” factors that impact drug addiction, including mental health, traumatic childhood experiences and poverty.
In addition to opioid addiction and other substance use, Dr. Adams also emphasized two other priorities: making the connection between investing in health and how it impacts economic prosperity and the links between health and safety and security.
The Public Health Research at Maryland event is made possible with funding from the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State.Friday Letter Submission