A Virtual Town Hall Event presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Webcast will be available on this webpage on Friday, September 8, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

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. Join this virtual Town Hall event and learn from peer health officials addressing the epidemic in their states. Presenters will offer their perspectives and share 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 will engage all participants attending the event who will be 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)

Invited Participants

State and territorial public health officials, state and territorial health agency executive team members, ASTHO affiliates, and other partners in the public health opioid response at the state or territorial level are all invited to watch online. No registration is required. Simply return to this webpage at 3pm EDT on September 8 to watch online. The live event will allow for participant engagement via email. The Town Hall will be recorded for future viewing on-line.

For More Information


This event is 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.