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9TH ANNUAL

“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” REGIONAL SUMMIT MEETING 8:30AM • WEDNESDAY • MAY 15 • 2019 Columbia University • Manhattanville Campus • at The Forum

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce proudly celebrates its 123rd Anniversary this year. Founded in 1896, the Chamber has continually served the needs and interests of its service area and members located throughout the New York region and beyond. It is well known that one of the greatest challenges facing America, is the poor status of healthcare and related services across the board, but mainly in urban and rural communities nationwide. For the past eight years, the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee, through the National Urban Health Conference, has focused on what can and should be done to improve the quality of life in our urban communities. This has been organized in concert with the health services industry, as well as with federal, state and city elected officials. “Healthy Eating & Healthy Living” is the theme our Chamber has adopted for its year round campaign to improve the quality of life for all citizens, our members, their employees, families, customers and clients. Our 9th Annual National Conference theme is “The Opioid Crisis: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects”. We are honored to feature and present distinguished panelists and keynote presenters at this renowned conference in the fields of medicine, education, finance, religion and social services. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, selected experts and leaders will offer presentations and participate in panel discussions related to the opioid crisis, which will allow all participants to examine and review the vital role that we all must play in the decision making processes that shape our health agenda. Respectfully,

Lloyd Williams

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Patricia Ricketts

President & CEO

Vice President of Programs

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” “ T H E O P I O I D C R I S I S : T H E N A T I O N A L I M PA C T ”

ITS BACKDROP AND OUR CHARGE According to all official and unofficial data, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury/death in the United States. Most fatalities involve opioids, which include prescription medications, heroin and the illicit fentanyl. Americans of every age, creed, color, class and ethnic background are now caught up in this crisis. No corner of our country has escaped this scourge. The Opioid Epidemic affects all of us and therefore it is what brings us together for this summit.

Nationwide, as well as internationally, the medical community is making it a top priority to ensure understanding that postsurgical analgesics are sufficient to control pain without increasing non-medically appropriate opioid use. Increased prescriptions of opioid medications have led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive. In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency and announced a 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioid Crisis that includes: improving access to treatment and recovery services; promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs; strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance; providing support for cutting edge research on pain and addiction; and advancing better practices for pain management.

In 2015 alone, 52,000 people died of drug overdoses with over 30,000 (60%) of those dying from opioids. As a part of a disastrous growing trend, opioid overdoses have accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016. An estimated 40%+ of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Alarmingly, the majority of opioid abusers innocently begin their addiction with prescription medications; primarily for chronic postoperative pain, which occurs in a significant percentage of surgical patients.

The opioid epidemic continues to be a significant, pressing issue that will not be resolved easily. Numerous factors, including the appropriate prescription of opioids, lack of understanding of the potential adverse effects of long term therapy, and opioid misuse, abuse and dependence, have contributed to the current crisis. Repairing these many broken bonds is the key to recovery.

Like it or not we are now all on the front lines of this battle. For some, the front lines are in a hospital, a clinic or a research lab. For others, they’re in a state house, a court house or a halfway house. And, for far too many, the front lines of this battle run right through their communities and into their homes. The issue has now become a massive public health crisis with devastating consequences, including ever growing increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the alarming rise in incidences of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use during pregnancy. The growing increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and Hepatitis C. As seen throughout the history of medicine, science can be an important part of the solution in resolving such a public health crisis. Its inaction can also be an important part of the problem.

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” PROGRAM WELCOME

Patricia Ricketts Vice President The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

HOST REMARKS

Dr. Vincent Boudreau President The City College of New York

PANEL TOPIC

“The Opioid Crisis” New Approaches in Areas of Prevention & Treatment

PANEL PARTICIPANTS

Lee Weiss

Lloyd Williams President The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce

Chief Executive Officer Elev8 Wellness Center SPECIAL REMARKS

Hon. Mark Levine

Gail Goldstein, MPH

NY City Council Member Chair NY City Council Committee on Health MODERATOR & MEETING PURPOSE

Senior Director of Programs and Planning Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care, & Treatment New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Dr. Robert Melara Chairperson Department of Psychology The City College of New York

Chauncey Parker Executive Assistant District Attorney Office of Manhattan DA Hon. Cyrus Vance, Jr.

PRESENTERS

“The Opioid Crisis” – Research, Prevention & Treatment Dr. John Palmer Chairman The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Committee

GROUP DISCUSSION

Q&A

CLOSING PRESENTATION

Dr. Maurice Wright Chief Medical Director Harlem Hospital Center

WRAP & NEXT STEPS

Dr. Talya Schwartz President & CEO MetroPlus Health Plan

Sandra Harris Vice President Columbia University Medical Center

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” PRESENTERS & PANELISTS

Dr. John Palmer, Chairman, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Health & Wellness Committee is President of John Palmer & Associates, Inc. He is a former member of the Public Health Planning Council of NYS’s Department of Health. Dr. Palmer served as the Executive Director of Harlem Hospital Center and the Renaissance Health Care Network for over 12 years, as the longest serving Executive Director in the history of both institutions.

Dr. Talya Schwartz, President & CEO, MetroPlus Health Plan. Since joining MetroPlus Health Plan (MetroPlus) in 2016, Dr. Schwartz has created numerous programs to improve the quality of care and outcomes for over a half-million members. She is responsible for the medical management function of this over half a million member Plan covering New Yorkers in all 5 boroughs.

Lee Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Elev8 Wellness Center, has worked in a variety of roles within the Substance Abuse Field for over fifteen years. He has been a volunteer, business consultant, an operator and owner of inpatient and outpatient treatment and wellness centers. Lee understands the interdependencies between substance abuse and other social, legal, and emotional challenges.

Chauncey Parker, Executive Assistant District Attorney and Special Policy Advisor, Office of Manhattan DA Hon. Cyrus Vance, Jr. Mr. Parker was instrumental in creating the Office’s Crime Strategies Unit and Community Partnerships Unit. Mr. Parker is also the Director of the New York/New Jersey High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, a federally-funded program that invests in federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships designed to build safe and healthy communities.

Gail Goldstein, MPH, Senior Director of Programs and Planning for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment. She is responsible for overseeing promotion of best practices and funding for more than 100 NYC substance use treatment and prevention programs and the 14 NYC syringe service programs that provide harm reduction services. In addition, she supervises overdose education and naloxone distribution, prevention initiatives including support for community coalitions and a media literacy program, as well as bureau operations.

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” KEY 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENTS

Three Part Opioid Crisis Summits “THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects”

“The Opioid Crisis: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” Part I: Wednesday, April 17 The City College of New York Part II: Wednesday, May 15 Columbia University-Manhattanville Campus Part III: Thursday, August 8

NY City Health Summit Columbia University-Lerner Hall

SENIORS HEALTH INITIATIVES NY City Senior Citizens Day Indoor Expo, Fair & Summit Tuesday, August 13 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building & Plaza

“Summer in the City” Saturday, August 17 Harlem Honeys & Bears Synchronized Swim Team Hansborough Recreation Center

Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run & Health Walk Saturday, August 24 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” KEY 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS EVENTS

CHILDREN’S HEALTH INITIATIVES Youth STEAM HACKATHON – HEALTH APP Thursday, August 1 Intrepid, Sea, Air Space Museum

NY City Children’s Festival Part I: Saturday, August 17 Part II: Sunday, August 18 Johnny Mac Family Tennis Clinic

Percy Sutton Harlem Children’s Run & Walk Saturday, August 24 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue

GENERAL HEALTH RELATED EVENTS “Summer in the City” Saturday, August 17 Health Exhibits Fitness Activities: Yoga/Pilates/ Aerobics Workouts

HARLEM DAY Sunday, August 18 Health Exhibits Our Health Village

Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, Health Walk & Children’s Run Saturday, August 24 135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue

“Harlem Miles” – NY City Marathon Sunday, Nov. 3

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“THE NATIONAL

OPIOID CRISIS: Opioid Earthquake & Aftershock Effects” SPONSORED BY

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Hon. Mark Levine

Office of the Manhattan District Attorney

NY City Council Member, 7th District Chair NY City Council Committee on Health

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