Eastern’s Master of Public Health program, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health and Spokane Regional Health, will present the first in a series of presentations highlighting salient public health issues in the state of Washington.
The first presentation will address the state’s opioid crisis. It will be held from 4-5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Building, room 101 (Walgreens Auditorium) on the EWU Spokane campus, 205 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Deaths from drug overdoses are the number one cause of injury death in the U.S. Most of these deaths are related to the misuse of prescription opioids and heroin. Attendees will learn about clinical and community impacts of opioid abuse and misuse, and how the state’s response is impacting the crisis.
Speakers for the opioid crisis presentation are Kathy Lofy, MD, State Health Officer and Chief Science Officer for the Washington State Department of Health, and Matthew Layton, MD, PhD, FACP, DFAPA, clinical professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, medical director, Program of Excellence in Addictions Research.
Anne Tresidder, PhD, EWU program director and assistant professor of Public Health, said that the audience for these presentations is students, faculty, health professionals and the community at large.
Tresidder said that public health is one of the growing areas in health and health care.
“With each grand rounds topic we hope attendees understand how the issue can impact them, their community, and how we can all be better stewards of health and well-being for eastern Washington,” said Tresidder.
EWU MPH Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly presentation featuring the important work Washington State Department of Health, Spokane Regional Health District and the EWU MPH program, that aims to protect and inform people and improve the quality of life for our community.
Experts from the Washington State Department of Health and local Spokane health agencies discuss major public health issues, key challenges, evidence-based practice, potential solutions, and the context that influences our health every day.
The presentation will also be broadcast for those who cannot join the presentation in person. Please register at ewu.edu/opioid.
Mark your calendars for the 2018-2019 Public Health Grand Rounds
4-5 p.m., Walgreens Auditoriu, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Building, EWU Spokane
Sept. 28 – Judy Holman and Amy Umberger – Behavioral health integration
Nov. 30 – Alexis Bates – Maternal mortality review report
Dec. 21 – Renee Fullerton and possibly Chris McCord – Workforce shortages/ Renee Fullerton – clinical workforce shortages
Jan. 25 – Nathan Ikehara – Drinking water innovation and its effect on human health
Feb. 22 – Pat Justis and Anna Tresidder – Aging in Rural Areas
March 29 – Therese Hansen – Firearm Injury and Violence
April 26 – Maria Courogen – Medicaid Transformation