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LSC Alumni are invited to join us for our discussions on the status of public health on the South Coast, Wednesday, May 16. We’ll be learning about the local determinants of health, relevant issues and challenges such as the opioid epidemic and healthcare accessibility, and trends and interventions promoting individual and population health. Attendees will gain exposure to the work and perspectives of several leaders working to promote a healthier South Coast community.

Three spaces are available for each offering listed below; contact Jennifer Downing to reserve your seat. Opportunities for drop-in sessions will be posted monthly in our 2018 newsletters. Registration is required and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The following drop-in opportunities are open to LSC alumni:

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Presentation: Public Health on the SouthCoast
Rachel Davis, Community Benefits Manager at Southcoast Health

Public health refers to the physical, mental, and emotional well being of people and their communities. This presentation will offer a broad stroke understanding and overview of public health on the South Coast, including relevant social determinants of health, key regional issues and challenges, and current efforts to improve health across the community.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We? Where Are We Going?
Dr. Robert Caldas, Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer at Southcoast Health
William Scannell, Esq. of the Law Offices of William Scannell
Stephanie Perry, Addiction Nurse Specialist at Saint Anne’s Hospital
Joseph Cordeiro, Chief of Police for the New Bedford Police Department
Kathy Spear, Vice President of Outpatient Services at High Point Treatment Center
Mike Bryant, Recovery Projects Manager at Peer2Peer Recovery Project

Like so many communities across the country, the South Coast is facing a significant epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. It is a complex and daunting public health crisis that requires a multi-faceted response crossing disciplines. What’s the status of our efforts locally to curb the opioid crisis and where are we going? In this panel discussion, we’ll hear perspectives and insights from a variety of local stakeholders who are deeply engaged with, and have been touched by, opioids and addiction. 

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Discussion: Health Care Accessibility and the Accountable Care Organization
Lori Dakin, RN, MS, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services
Deborah Allwes-Largoza,
Vice President of Operations of Southcoast Health

With health care costs rising and the fate of health care reform unknown, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are likely to play a greater role in our health care system going forward. With a focus on prevention and wellness, rather than reactionary medical treatment, the ACO approach rewards providers for keeping their patients healthy through quality care. In this discussion, we’ll explore how the system of health care has evolved, learn more about the Southcoast ACO, and what the implications of the ACO are for the South Coast.

Thank you to our public health day program sponsor:


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