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Thank you for registering for the upcoming symposium:

Building Bridges: Implementing Healthcare Solutions to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain in Connecticut

October 17, 2019

Start Time:
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

University of Bridgeport
Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center
84 Iranistan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604


Start End Section Room
7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. 8:25 a.m.

Symposium Opening
Laura Skandera Trombley, President, University of Bridgeport
Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner, Connecticut
Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Mertens Theater
8:25 a.m. 8:40 a.m.

The Journey to Life in Recovery
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)

Mertens Theater
8:40 a.m. 9:40 a.m.

The Opioid Crisis in Connecticut
Jane Ungemack, DrPH
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut
James Gill, MD
Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine

Mertens Theater
9:40 a.m. 9:55 a.m.

Coffee Break

9:55 a.m. 10:55 a.m.

The NIH HEAL Initiative – Helping to End Addiction Long- Term: Accelerating Scientific Solutions to Stem the National Opioid Epidemic
Linda Porter, PhD
Director, Office of Pain Policy & Planning, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mertens Theater
10:55 a.m. 11:55 a.m.

Opioid Abuse and Misuse in Patients with Chronic Pain
Peggy Compton, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Professor, van Amerigen Endowed Chair, Department ofFamily and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Mertens Theater
11:55 a.m. 12:05 p.m.

Performance by Pivot Ministries Choir

Mertens Theater
12:05 p.m. 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Chronic Pain and Opioid Safety: Balancing the Benefits and Risks
Daniel Tobin, MD, FACP
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Adult Primary Care Center, Yale New Haven Hospital (Saint Raphael’s Campus); Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program

Mertens Theater
2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Models in Integrated Pain Care
Robert Kerns, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology, Yale University; Co-director of the Yale-based National Institutes of Health-Department of Defense-Veteran’s Administration Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center

Mertens Theater
3:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

(1) Supporting Providers in Pain Management and Safe Opioid Prescribing: A Stepwise and Team-Based Approach James J. Lehman, DC, MBA, FACO, DABCO
Director of Community Health Clinical Education, Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences, University of Bridgeport, College of Health Sciences School of Chiropractic
Veena Channamsetty, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.

Littlefield Recital Hall

(2) Recognition, Response & Trauma Informed Care: A Community-based Opioid Overdose Approach
Reverend Nancy Kingwood, MA, MS, BC-HSP
Deputy Director, Greater Bridgeport Area PreventionProgram (GBAPP)

Room 110 or 113 – TBD

(3) Opioid Overdose Reversal Training
Sheila Wylie, MA
AmeriCorps Member Manager, Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)

Room 110 or 113 – TBD
4:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Symposium Conclusion
Carol Papp, DNP, MS, RN-BC
Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Bridgeport
Michael E. Ivy, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital

Mertens Theater

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact or (203) 576-4880.