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Annual Population Health Summit

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Date and Location

Better Together: An Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Epidemic is the theme of the New Jersey Department of Health 2018 Population Health Summit.

The meeting will be held June 5, 2018 at the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel at 700 Commons Way in Bridgewater.


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Schedule and Agenda


Registration, Networking, Poster Session and Continental Breakfast (8:30am)

Welcome/Opening Remarks (9:00am)

  • Commissioner, Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA
  • Dennis Romero, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Regional Administration (SAMHSA)

Keynote Address

  • Dr. David Nash, MD, Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH)

“Integrated Approaches to Combatting the Opioid Crisis” (10:20am-11:20am)

  • Dr. Louis Baxter, MD, FASAM, President & CEO, Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey, Inc., Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Onaje Salim, Ed.D, Director, Division of State Community Assistance, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Dr. Rachael Evans, Chief Medical Officer, Henry J Austin Center
  • John Jacobi, JD, Professor, Health Law & Policy, Seton Hall Law School


“Helping Our Most Vulnerable Populations: Community Supports”

  • Adrienne Petta, Peer Recovery Specialist, Mercer Council
  • Pam Capaci, CEO, Prevention Links
  • Morgan Thompson, Division Director for Academic and Recovery Supports, Prevention Links
  • Michael Santillo, Executive Director of Operations at John Brooks Recovery Center


“Improving Access to Evidence-Based Care: MAT & TIC”

  • Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, Center of Great Expectations, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey
  • Emily Bosk, PhD, School of Social Work, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey
  • Alan Oberman, MSW, LCAC, CEO, John Brooks Recovery Center
  • Margaret Rizzo, Executive Director, JSAS Healthcare Inc., Licensed Opioid Treatment Provider


“Public Health Approaches In Prevention and Integrated Treatment” 

  • Laura Pegram, Manager of Drug User Health, National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
  • Dr. Ronald Nahass, MD, MHCM, FACP, FIDSA, President, ID Care
  • Ken Pecoraro, LCSW, LCADC, Director of Addiction and Co-Occurring Services, CPC Behavioral Healthcare

  • Luncheon & Poster Session (12:50pm-1:30pm)

Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton
“The Destructive Effects of Drug Abuse: One Family, One Odyssey”


“Recovery and Beyond” (1:45pm-2:15pm)

  •  Christina Fagan, Director/Founder of A Change for Nick (ACFN) and parent of child who died from overdose
  •  Representative of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program -Eva’s village

“A Conversation with NJ State Policy Makers” (2:15pm-3:15pm) 

  • Commissioner, Shereef Elnahal, MD, MBA, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Commissioner, Carole Johnson, New Jersey Department of Human Services
  • Commissioner, Christine Norbut Beyer, Department of Children & Families
  • Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, Office of the Attorney General
  • Acting Commissioner, Marcus O. Hicks, Esq., Department of Corrections
  • Senator Joseph Vitale, Chair of Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizen Committee, NJ State Senate

Moderator: James McGreevey, Executive Director, Jersey City Employment and Training Program; Chairman, New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC)

15 Minute Break

“Innovations in Alternatives to Opioids” (3:25pm-4:25pm)

  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, DO, Medical Director, Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief Innovation Officer, St. Joseph’s Health
  • Dr. James Baird, DO, Assistant Medical Officer of the Emergency Department, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital
  • Denise Hein, PhD, Director, Center of Alcohol Studies; Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University

  • Adjournment (4:30PM)
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Last Reviewed: 5/31/2018