Webinar Series: Tracking and Measuring the Opioid Epidemic as a Prevention Tool

In response to the 2017 Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit, UNC IPRC will partner with NC Department of Public Health in a four part webinar series looking at the data around measuring and tracking the opioid epidemic. This series will cover a range of data updates from key partners working to track the epidemic.

Register for all webinars here

*please note that some presenters may change or be added

Webinar 1: Using EMS and ED Data

When: Thursday, July 20th 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Tony Fernandez (EMS) and Amy Ising (NC DETECT)
Moderator: Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

Amy Ising, Associate Director for the Carolina Center for Health Informatics and the Program Director for NC DETECT Amy Ising has contributed to the design, development, implementation and maintenance of NC DETECT and its precursor NCEDD since 2000. She is a co-investigator on a wide variety of health informatics and biosurveillance-related research projects, and serves on the HIMSS Public Health Davies committee and the International Society for Disease Surveillance Annual Conference Program Committee. Ms. Ising received a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia, and a M.S. in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Antonio R. Fernandez, PhD, NREMT-P Research Assistant Professor; EMSPIC Director of Research has been a nationally certified paramedic since 2005. Antonio was the second individual to successfully complete the Emergency Medical Services Research fellowship offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Upon completion of this program, he accepted the position of Research Assistant Professor within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill.  Within the Department, Antonio is the Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Research for the EMS Performance Improvement Center, which develops and maintains comprehensive statewide EMS Data System for North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. In addition to serving as Research Director, his own research focuses on patient care in the prehospital environment, EMS occupational health and safety, disaster preparedness, and understanding the EMS workforce. In 2012, Antonio was elected as a Fellow for the American Heart Association (AHA).  He was also a committee member for the EMS Compass initiative designed to create national performance measures that enable meaningful assessment of performance of EMS systems at the local, regional, state and national levels.

You can find a copy of this webinar here.

Webinar 2: CSRS Data and UNC Prevention for States Study

When: Thursday, August 17th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Alex Asbun (CSRS) and Meghan Shanahan (UNC IPRC)
Moderator: Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

This presentation will cover a range of data updates from the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS) with Alex Asbun, Drug Control Unit Manager in the Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substances abuse Services. 

Meghan Shanahan, PhD, MPH, is a Research Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Research Scientist at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shanahan will present on how UNC Prevention for States Studies have progressed. These studies examine the risk of opioid overdose among justice involved individuals and a process evaluation of the statewide standing order for naloxone. Dr. Shanahan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. 2001) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MPH 2006, PhD 2010). Her research interests include examining determinants of opioid use and misuse, exploring the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on children and families, and evaluating programs and policies designed to address the epidemic

Webinar 3: HIDTA: Public Safety/Public Health Collaboration Data and NC Opioid Action Plan Update

When: Thursday, September 21st, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Sherani Jagroep (HIDTA) and Scott Proescholdbell (NC DHHS)
Moderator: Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

Sherani Jagroep is a Public Health Analyst with the Atlanta Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) based in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In the four years since receiving her Master of Public Health in Evaluative Sciences from Stony Brook University, Ms. Jagroep has worked as a research co-investigator on a reproductive health study in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as a data analyst with Physicians for Reproductive Health and Ipas. She joined the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch in February 2017 as a Public Health Analyst supporting both the public health and public safety sector with data requests and surveillance of the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.

Scott. Proescholdbell joined the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) at the North Carolina Division of Public Health in 2008 to head the Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit where he is the Principle Investigator of the NC Violent Death Reporting System, NC Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS), and NC Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) project, and is working to build capacity for a general injury surveillance system. He serves on several state and national groups working to reduce drug overdose deaths. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment with the Department of Epidemiology at UNC Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at UNC.

You can find a copy of this webinar here.

Webinar 4: Using Communicable Disease Epi Data

When: Thursday, October 19th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Dr. Zack Moore (Communicable Disease Epi.) and Dr. Anna Dulaney (CPC)
Moderator: Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

This presentation will cover a range of data shared from Anna Rouse Dulaney, PharmD, DABAT with Carolinas Poison Center (CPC) and Zack Moore, MD, MPH, Epidemiology Section Chief in the North Carolina Division of Public Health

Webinar 5: Using OCME Data

When: Thursday, November 16th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Featuring: Ruth E. Winecker, Ph.D. F-ABFT
Moderator: Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

Tracking and measuring the opioid epidemic using OCME data featuring Ruth E. Winecker, Chief Toxicologist in the Division of Public Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.