Opioid/Substance Misuse Conference: "It's Everyone's Issue. Where do you fit?"



Conference Program

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  —  REGISTRATION

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  —  WELCOME


9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

A Multi-Front Challenge Requires A Coordinated Response

It’s Everyone’s Issue
Presented by Rachael Cooper, Senior Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert —
Substance Use Harm Prevention, National Safety Council

Far beyond an individual, the impact of opioid/substance misuse affects every aspect of community from family, faith and social networks to healthcare, employment and business. Ultimately, it threatens the economic sustainability of the entire community. Such a complex issue requires a collaborative approach. Learn more about the importance of coordinating efforts and the cornerstone role of business and employers.

>> Download “Opioids at Work”  by Rachael Cooper (PPT file, 9.2 MB)

The Intersection of Opioid/Substance Misuse in the Workplace and Economic Development
Presented by Chris Merrett, Director,
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University

Opioid/substance misuse makes a tight labor market even smaller, having a measurable, negative economic impact on the rural economy. What does that mean for communities in rural Illinois? Join us for this new report giving fresh insights into the rural Illinois crisis.

>> Download “The Intersection of Opioid and Substance Misuse in the Workplace and Economic Development” by Chris Merrett (PPT file, 4 MB)

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  —  BREAK

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

BREAK-OUT SESSION  —  Community / Business Focus

How Did We Get Here?
Presented by Rosie Gianforte, Illinois Department of Human Services:
Division of Substance Use, Prevention, and Recovery

The opioid/substance misuse crisis has been evolving for some time. From pain relief and prescribing patterns, to lack of public/patient awareness and high potency synthetics — understanding the framework helps people understand how and where they can use their leverage to address this crisis.

>> Download “It’s Everyone’s Issue Opioid Substance Misuse Conference” presented by Rosie Gianforte (PPT file, 14 MB)

Supportive Roles Employers Can Take
Presented by Rachael Cooper, Senior Program Manager and Subject
Matter Expert — Substance Use Harm Prevention, National Safety Council

Old concepts aren’t working. How can employers adjust policies such as zero tolerance to create a workplace that supports employees through the treatment and recovery process? It starts with revamped tools for a different way of thinking.

>> Download “Opioids at Work” by Rachael Cooper (PPT file, 9.2 MB)

Human Resources Policy Implications Panel
Presented by:
Chad Brandon, MBA, President/Certified Risk Architect, The Tedrick Group
Shari Rhode, Attorney, Rhode Law Firm


BREAK-OUT SESSION  —  Community / Health Focus

Roles of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma in SUD
Presented by Ginger Meyer & Matt Buckman

Grant Writing: An Overview
Presented by Aaron Dieh, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society,
College of Public Health, University of Kentucky

>> Download “Grant Writing: An Overview” presented by Aaron Diehr (PPT file, 8 MB)

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.  —  LUNCH  —  State & Local Updates

Presented by:
Brandon Zanotti, State’s Attorney, Williamson County Illinois
Alisha Foster, Coordinator, Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program, Hardin County Illinois 
Beth King, CFO, Jersey Community Hospital, Jersey Illinois
Vince Keenan, CAE, Executive Vice President, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Building a Collaborative Community Response Action Plan
Presented by Scott Hesseltine, MBA, VP of Addiction Services and Prevention,
Centerstone Kentucky; part of the Kentuckiana Healthcare Collaborative

>> Download “Building A Collaborative Community Response Action Plan” by Scott Hesseltine (PPT file, 64 MB)

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  —  BREAK

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  —  PICK 2:  Lightning Rounds

Host a Town Hall
Presented by Michelle McLernon, Director,
Health Education, Jackson County Health Department

Organize a Drug Take Back Event
Presented by Amber Neal-Anderson, Director,
RSVP of Southern Illinois, SeniorCorps/Egyptian Area Agency on Aging

Business and the Strategic Prevention Framework
Presented by Dennis Trask, Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance

Hidden in Plain Sight Prevention Tool
Presented by Michelle Bertinetti, Volunteer, Southern Illinois

From Emergency Room to Treatment – In Person
Presented by Candice Watson,
Community Benefits Health Specialist, Southern Illinois Healthcare

Educate Prescribers on Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Utilization
Presented by Bill McCreery, Pharmacy Educator,
Southern Illinois University,Center for Rural Health & Social Services Department

4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  —  WRAP UP

4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Optional Naloxone Training
Presented by Egyptian Public & Mental Health Department

5:00 p.m.  —  CLOSE

Open during registration, breaks, lunch, and optional training.


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