November 1, 2018
Join us on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Colonnade Hotel for a forum entitled, “Opioids in the Workforce.” One million people in this country are not working due to opioid use disorder while 55 percent of people with an opioid addiction are employed. Both factors have a negative impact on the workforce and the workplace and cause lost productivity and increased health care costs. This forum will provide analysis on how the opioid epidemic affects employers, employees, and dependents and examine solutions that will lead to prevention and appropriate treatment while alleviating the burden on employers. A detailed agenda and email invitation will be distributed shortly. This work is funded through a grant from RIZE Massachusetts. The issue brief is being produced in collaboration with the NIDA funded Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC).
Forum held on November 16, 2017
Please join us for the launch of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University. OPRC launch events include a film screening and panel discussion. "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of this epidemic, the film sheds light on the struggles of ordinary people who were prescribed highly addictive opioid pain medications, which are too often the gateway to a very similar opioid, heroin. Featuring home videos and photos that humanize this public health crisis, along with important statistics and information about opioid use and treatment, "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" is an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families. The film screening will be followed by an expert panel discussion featuring: Perri Peltz, Director of "Warning: This Drug May Kill You," Secretary Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of the Dimock Center, and Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Medical consultant for the film and Co- Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative. The panel will be moderated by Cynthia McFadden, senior legal and Investigative correspondent for NBC News. The OPRC Launch is co-sponsored by the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University, the Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment, and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Panel Discussion:
Forum held on November 29, 2016
Join us on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at the Omni Parker House for a forum entitled, “Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Health Policy.” The event will feature a presentation on exit polling results by Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health. There will be discussion on what we might expect from the new administration between Philip W. Johnston, Chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, former Chair of the Massachusetts State Democratic Party and Republican Representative Geoffrey G. Diehl. A continental breakfast will be served during registration between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. We hope that you will be able to join us.