Substance Misuse/Opioids

Game Changer: Pennsylvania’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

May 15, 2019

In this episode, we explore Pennsylvania’s multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic in the state and efforts to expand access to MAT.Read More »

Seeing the Possible: A Conversation with CDC Director Robert Redfield

April 30, 2019

In March 2018, Robert R. Redfield became the 18th director of CDC, bringing to the role more than 30 years of experience as a public health leader engaged in the clinical research and care of viral infections and infectious diseases, especially HIV. Since then, HHS and President Trump have announced an ambitious plan to end HIV in America, a cause which Redfield considers a prominent part of his life’s work. But public health challenges remain, including the opioid epidemic and anti-vaccine movement. In this wide-ranging conversation, Redfield shares insights into how his own personal experiences have shaped his priorities as CDC director, the importance of improved communication around vaccine education, CDC’s strategy to end HIV transmission, and how the agency plans to support states and territories as they address the opioid epidemic and other public health challenges.Read More »

What Do the Midterms Mean for Public Health?

December 06, 2018

The midterm elections may be behind us, but how will our nation’s political dynamics impact the public health agenda? On this episode, we examine opportunities for bipartisanship and forecast what the public health landscape may look like in the next Congress. Emily Holubowich joins us from the Coalition for Health Funding to point out key issues to watch as the federal budget process unfolds. Former Alaska health commissioner Jay Butler also explains why it’s important for health officials to build relationships with their Congressional delegations and remain agile as we prepare for both new and ongoing public health challenges.Read More »

The Epidemic of Epidemics: Opioids, Part II

March 22, 2018

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in America, affecting people from all walks of life, even our youngest. The second half of our story on the opioid epidemic explores how coalitions in Kentucky are driving prevention efforts, what public health practitioners in West Virginia are doing to identify and care for newborns who have been exposed prenatally to addictive drugs, and how one federal agency is working to ensure that rural communities get access substance abuse and mental health services.Read More »

The Epidemic of Epidemics: Opioids, Part I

February 28, 2018

As the opioid epidemic continues to plague communities across the nation, health officials face growing concern over a number of related threats to our health, such as increasing rates of HIV, hepatitis C, and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). In this episode, public health leaders from Alaska, Kentucky, and West Virginia discuss the evolution of the opioid epidemic and explain why health departments are so integral to the response.Read More »

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