Healthcare Solutions

UB College of Health Sciences brings together national experts to discuss innovative solutions to opioid crisis
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Connecticut is among the top 10 states with the largest increases in drug-related overdose deaths between 2013-17. To address the health crisis, the University of Bridgeport will host its inaugural College of Health Sciences symposium on this topic.

The symposium, Building Bridges: Implementing Healthcare Solutions to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain in Connecticut, will take place on October 17, 2019, and will address ways to combat this growing national crisis. Yale New Haven Health - Bridgeport Hospital is an event sponsor.

Carol Papp, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said, “The University of Bridgeport’s College of Health Sciences chose the intersection of chronic pain and opioid addiction for the first symposium because it is a multidimensional public health crisis that challenges all health care providers to identify and integrate evidence based solutions into prevention and care.”

The aim of the conference is to bring together leading experts in research, healthcare, education, law enforcement, public health, and legislation who want to improve knowledge, practice, and legislation concerning pain and addiction for a transdisciplinary approach to tackling this complex health issue.

“This symposium will be a frank discussion about the opioid crisis in the context of pain, and the role for complementary and integrative approaches in pain and addiction. We hope that this will improve knowledge translation across disciplines and perspectives, resulting in improved pain care and reduced addiction,” said Mark Pitcher, director of Health Sciences Inter-Professional Research.

CE Credit Hours Pending: 6.0 CME credit hours for MD, PA, and APRN attendees, 6.0 contact hours for RN, DC and ND attendees.

The plenary speakers are a distinguished group of academics and leaders in the healthcare field, including experts at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Connecticut, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

To register and for more information regarding speaker and breakout session information, visit ubsyposium.bridgeport.edu. Register early as space is limited.

Due to the nature of the topic, the event is designed for an audience aged 18 and older.