A Virtual Town Hall Event presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Friday, September 8, 2017
As opioid-related deaths continue to rise, state and territorial health officials are leading across government using multi-sector, statewide solutions to reverse this serious national crisis affecting millions of Americans. This virtual Town Hall event featured peer health officials addressing the epidemic in their states. Presenters offered their perspectives and shared innovative approaches to preventing opioid misuse and abuse, ranging from education and prevention through treatment and recovery. A discussion of critical needs and future actions engaged all participants attending the event who were invited to share their experiences, ask questions of the panelists, and make recommendations to ASTHO as we look at what else is needed to reduce opioid misuse and prevent addiction nationwide.
Dr. Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Former Assistant Secretary of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Jay C. Butler, MD, CPE, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, President, ASTHO; Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Director, Division of Public Health
Terry Cline, PhD, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health and Secretary of Health and Human Services
Rachel Levine, MD, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
ASTHO Event Resources
ASTHO’s 2017 President’s Challenge Factsheet: Public Health Approaches to Preventing Substance Misuse and Addictions
Commentary by Dr. Jay Butler: 2017 ASTHO President’s Challenge, Public Health Approaches to Preventing Substance Misuse and Addiction
For More Information
This event was presented by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.