WVSOM administrator discusses opioid crisis solutions at global health forum

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) participated in the Milken Institute Future of Health Summit, in which health care leaders from around the world gathered to confront health challenges by matching human, financial and educational resources with innovative and impactful ideas. The event took place Oct. 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

Drema Mace, Ph.D., MSP, WVSOM’s vice president for community engagement and development, attended the summit to participate in two invitation-only sessions: “The Role of Corporations in Addressing the Opioid Crisis” and “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Investment and Health IT Innovation.”

Mace, in collaboration with local partners including Seneca Health Services, FMRS Health Systems, Raleigh General Hospital, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, the Drug-Free Mother Baby Program, the WIN West Virginia Foundation and other organizations, have developed a hub-and-spoke model to address the substance use epidemic in West Virginia’s Raleigh and Greenbrier counties. Mace said she was pleased to share the model with summit participants.

“The Milken Institute is a global think tank consisting of the finest minds of our time coming together to address health issues, including the opioid crisis. I was honored to be invited to participate in this global discussion to create innovative solutions,” she said.

“The Role of Corporations in Addressing the Opioid Crisis” was designed to help attendees understand the role of the workplace regarding prevention and awareness of opioid addiction. Speakers shared best practices and explored collaborations for effective follow-up.

With “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Investment and Health IT Innovation,” the Milken Institute, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discussed evidence-based health technology by highlighting cutting-edge digital-health innovations and investment opportunities in response to the opioid crisis.

Ed Greissing, executive director of the Milken Institute’s Center for Public Health, praised WVSOM’s commitment to its role in responding to the crisis.

“Dr. Mace and WVSOM have been generous with their time and shared knowledge to help inform our opioid work and provide critical insights into the needs of people in West Virginia and across the United States,” Greissing said.

WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., said the school benefited from its participation in the summit.

“This was an opportunity to make connections globally with other thought leaders that may result in the enhancement of our programs and investment in our communities,” he said.

Date Added: 
Friday, November 8, 2019