La Porte County Opioid Study Report
Join us for the presentation of the La Porte County Opioid Study commissioned by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte through the Center for Health Policy at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The study addresses the burden of opioid addiction in La Porte County and make recommendations to address the community’s needs and gaps related to this issue.
Join us 8-11 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Purdue University Northwest
1401 US 421, Westville, IN 46391
James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex – Great Hall
Continental Breakfast Available at 7:40am, Presentation to begin at 8am
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration
Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. was appointed as Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb effective January 9, 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy State Health Commissioner and Director for Health Outcomes at the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Walthall is currently a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She served as the Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and was the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Residency from 2007-2015.
Dr. Walthall works clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston Honors College and her Master in Public Health at the Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. She earned her Medical Doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.
Presenters from the Center for Health Policy at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health:
- Dr. Joshua Vest, Center for Health Policy Director:
- Dr. Joshua Vest is a health services researcher interested in the organizational determinants and effectiveness of health information technology and systems. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and serves as the Director for the school’s Center for Health Policy.
- Marion Greene:
- Mrs. Marion Greene is a research analyst with the Center for Health Policy. Her area of interest focuses on mental health and addiction, with a special emphasis on the opioid epidemic. Mrs. Greene holds a master’s of public health (MPH) degree and is currently a PhD candidate in epidemiology, anticipating to graduate in the spring of 2018.
- Harold Kooreman:
- Mr. Harold Kooreman is a policy analyst with the Center for Health Policy. He has worked on a number of research projects related to mental health and illness, substance abuse and dependence, opioid prescribing patterns, and prescription drug monitoring programs. Mr. Kooreman has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University.