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Opioid Collaborative Forum

Our Families. Our Children. Our Future.

Solutions for Opioid Addiction and Recovery

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October 5, 2018
8:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301

The first forum in the Opioid Collaborative Series focused on critical issues surrounding the opioid crisis. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, along with a broad group of community partners, regional health care organizations, and individuals led discussions intended to inform the public about the successful regional and national evidence based and innovative solutions and programs.


All who support children in their families, schools and communities should consider attending the forum. This includes:

  • Public and private school administrators, superintendents, principals, teachers, nurses, guidance staff, counselors, athletic staff, safety resource personnel
  • Health care providers and staff, including community organizations
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Community leaders, coaches, afterschool program staff
  • Faith leaders
  • Law enforcement and justice
  • State agency personnel, child welfare, maternal and child health, and others
  • Elected officials
  • Family members

Purpose of the forum

  • Bring together adults who support children of any age in their families, schools, healthcare settings, or communities in effort to create a common understanding of how the opioid epidemic is affecting children, families, and communities
  • Provide feedback about how to identify children who are struggling
  • Increase awareness of available support resources to better care for children and families affected by the opioid epidemic
  • Collaborate and enhance opportunities to better meet the needs of affected children and families


In the agenda below, you will find additional resources (presentations, PDF's and links to associated websites) under each speaker or panel, if they have been made available.

View the video playlist for the Opioid Collaborative Forum sessions recorded on October 5, 2018.

  • Morning
  • Afternoon

7:45 to 8:15 am


8:15 to 9:00 am


Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth Hitchcock

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu

United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Clinical & Community Support for Affected Families, Children & Communities

9:00 to 9:15 am

One Mother’s Journey

Cheri Bryer, Recovery Coach, Moms in Recovery Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

9:15 to 9:35 am

Impact of the Crisis on New Hampshire Families, Communities & Child Welfare Systems

Kristin Smith, UNH


9:35 to 10:15 am

Nurturing OUD-Affected Mothers and their Babies

Tym Rourke, Moderator

Optimizing care of the infant-mother dyad with OUD across NH

Julia Frew MD & Daisy Goodman CNM, DNP, D-H OB/GYN


Impact of opioids on neonatal development & addressing NAS

Bonny Whalen, MD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)


Reducing pharmacologic treatment, improving value, & enhancing the family’s hospital experience

Alison Holmes, MD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)


10:15 to 11:00 am

Supporting Recovering Families and Children Over Time

Kimberly Aakre, MD, Moderator

Effects of Caregiver OUD on the social and emotional well-being of Children and Youth

Kay Jankowski, PhD, D-H Psychiatry

Recovery friendly pediatric practices

Holly Gaspar, D-H Community Health

Identifying and addressing adolescent substance risk: SBIRT

Steve Chapman, MD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)


11:00 to 11:45 am

Community Partnerships for Collaborative Care

Shawn LaFrance, Moderator

Primary care-behavioral health integration

Matt Duncan, MD


Building Community Resilience

Anna Thomas, Manchester Deptartment of Health

Boots on the Ground: Families in Transition-New Horizons

Kristen McGuigan

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Working Lunch: Journalists’ Perspective on the Opioid Epidemic Impact on Families, Children, and Communities

Sarah Holt, PBS/NOVA Journalist

Shawne Wickham, New Hampshire Union Leader


1:30 to 1:45 pm

Charting our Course

United States Senator Maggie Hassan

Public Policies & Support for Affected Families, Children & Communities: Presentations

John Kacavas, Moderator

1:45 to 1:55 pm

Improving Supports for Families and Children

United States Representative Annie Kuster

1:55 to 2:45 pm

The Federal View: Federal Policies & Funding to Support Affected Children, Youth & Families

Jay Fallon, Executive Director, New England HIDTA


Jeff Meyers, Commissioner, DHHS and DSRP


Alison MacDonald, Vice President, Policy & Federal Affairs, Dartmouth-Hitchcock


2:45 to 3:45 pm

The State View: How NH Systems are Working to Meet the Rising Needs of Youth & Families

Chief Dave Mara, Governor’s Office


Daniel French, juvenile justice

Deb Kavanagh, DCYF Child Protection Field Administrator

Helene Anzalone, NH Department of Education, Bureau of Student Wellness


Mayor Joyce Craig, City of Manchester

3:45 to 4:00 pm

Discussion: Actions to Move Forward

Facilitated by Seddon Savage, MD, MS, Advisor, Dartmouth Hitchcock Substance Use & Mental Health Initiative; Adjunct Associate Professor, Geisel School of Medicine