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Opioid Collaborative Forum

Our Families. Our Children. Our Future.

Solutions for Opioid Addiction and Recovery

October 5, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (registration begins at 7:45 am)
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301

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

Who should attend?

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

  • 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

What will the forum do?

  • 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

How can I register?

Advanced registration for the forum is required. Registration is $45 and will include a full agenda of speakers from top clinicians and researchers to policymakers and community groups. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.

Registration at the Grappone Center on the day of the event will begin at 7:45 am

Note: 5.75 CME/CEUs available for participation.

Register now


Please check back for changes and additions to the current agenda listed below.

Morning Schedule:

7:45-8:15AM Registration

8:15AM – 9:00AM Welcome

  • Joanne Conroy MD, CEO & President Dartmouth Hitchcock, Welcome
  • New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Opening remarks (The State View)
  • New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Opening remarks (The Federal View)

Morning: Clinical & Community Support for Affected Families, Children & Communities

9:00AM-9:15AM One Mother’s Journey
Cheri Bryer, Recovery Coach, Moms in Recovery Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

9:15AM-9:35AM Impact of the crisis on New Hampshire families, communities & child welfare systems
Kristin Smith, UNH

9:35AM-10:15AM 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 DH OB/GYN
  • Impact of opioids on neonatal development & addressing NAS 
    Bonny Whalen, MD, DH CHaD
  • Reducing pharmacologic treatment, improving value, & enhancing the family’s hospital experience
    Alison Holmes, MD, DH CHaD

10:15AM-11:00AM Supporting recovering families and children over time
Joseph Perras, MD, Moderator

  • Effects of Caregiver OUD on the social and emotional well-being of Children and Youth
    Kay Jankowski PhD, DH Psychiatry
  • Recovery friendly pediatric practices
    Holly Gaspar DH Community Health
  • Identifying and addressing adolescent substance risk: SBIRT
    Steve Chapman MD

11:00AM-11:45AM  Community Partnerships for Collaborative Care
Shawn LaFrance, Moderator

  • Primary care-behavioral health integration
    Matt Duncan MD
  • Building Community Resilience
    Anna Thomas, Manchester Dept. of Health
  • Boots on the Ground: Families in Transition-New Horizons
    Kristen McGuigan

11:45AM-12:30PM: Keynote Address and Q&A with the Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH

Afternoon Schedule:

12:30PM-1:30PM Working Lunch:  Journalists’ perspective on the opioid epidemic impact on families, children, and communities
Shawne Wickham, New Hampshire Union Leader, confirmed and PBS/NOVA Journalist Sarah Holt

1:30PM-1:45PM  Charting our course New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan

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

1:45 PM-2:30
The Federal View: Federal Policies & funding to support affected children, youth & families 

  • New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster
  • New England HIDTA, Jay Fallon Executive Director
  • DHHS and DSRP, Jeff Meyers, Commissioner

2:30 PM-3:30 PM The State View: How NH Systems are working to meet the rising needs of youth & families

  • Governor’s Office, Chief Dave Mara
  • Juvenile justice: Daniel French
  • DCYF Child Protection Field Administrator: Deb Kavanagh 
  • NH Department of Education, Bureau of Student Wellness, Helene Anzalone 
  • City of Manchester, Mayor Joyce Craig

3:30-4:00 PM  Discussion: Actions to Move Forward.
Facilitator Seddon Savage, MD, MS, Advisor, Dartmouth Hitchcock Substance Use & Mental Health Initiative; Adjunct Associate Professor, Geisel School of Medicine

Presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock with support from Northeast Delta Dental, The Couch Family Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Charles Schwab Co., Inc., NH PBS, New Futures and the AdCare Institute of New England.

Continuing Education Credits are available as follows:

Accreditation Information for Physician CME credits and Non-Physician Contact Hours:

  • The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the Maine Medical Association’s Council on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation (MMA CCMEA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UNE COM has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 6 hours of AOA Category 2A CME credits. Approval is currently pending. The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine will submit the osteopathic credits to the AOA, upon receipt of attendance by the activity organizer.
  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Maine Medical Association through the joint providership of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) and AdCare Educational Institute of New England. UNE COM is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Council on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • UNE COM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians and other attendees should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
  • For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts CME Credit issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Continuing Education for LADCs and Social Workers:

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors: AdCare Educational Institute of New England, a co-sponsor, is a pre-approved provider of the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals. As such, this program is approved for up to 6 Continuing Education contact hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR.
  • Social Workers: Application has been made for professional approval for social worker continuing education.