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.
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.
Forum held on October 6, 2016
Join us on Thursday, October 6 th, 2016 at the Omni Parker House for a forum entitled, “Integrating Oral Health into ACOs.” The forum will focus on the inclusion of oral health care into integrated health care delivery and financing systems. Oral health integration has the potential to improve health outcomes and generate cost savings. Particular attention will be paid to the integration of oral health services into Medicaid ACOs, alternative payment arrangements, and innovations in the private and non-profit health insurance markets. This work is supported in part by Health Care For All.