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


7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 8:25 am

Symposium Opening
Laura Skandera Trombley
President, University of Bridgeport

Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon
Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

8:25 am – 8:40 am

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

8:40 am – 9:40 am

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

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9:40 am – 9:55 am

Coffee Break

9:55 am – 10:55 am

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)

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10:55 am – 11:55 am

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

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11:55 am – 12:05 pm

Performance by Pivot Ministries Choir

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

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3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

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

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

Room 110

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

Room 113

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4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

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