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Member Forum: State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis

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2018 Institutional Member Forum

May 1, 2018 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Duke University

Continuing the dialogue around evidence-based policymaking discussed at last spring’s APPAM Institutional Member Forum, Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted a 2018 topical forum on how to build research and policy partnerships around the prevailing national issue of opioid misuse.

Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources. As observed through Duke’s and other institution’s collaborations with state government on this issue, research universities can provide valuable resources and expertise to government leaders.

This Institutional Forum, held at Duke University's Penn Pavilion, connected the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic, and was a valuable opportunity for academics, researchers, and policy officials to exchange best practices for research and policy support in the face of this crisis.

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Watch the livestream of the two plenary sessions, as well as two of the breakout sessions.


  • 00:14:30 – Welcome
  • 00:32:50 – Lessons Learned and Policy Needs Panel
  • 1:44:30 – Morning Breakout: Providing a system of care in underserved and rural communities
  • 4:11:00 – Afternoon Breakout: Providing a system of care in underserved and rural communities
  • 5:41:00 – Breakout Session Summaries
  • 6:13:00 – Big Data Panel

Program Agenda

8:30 am Coffee
9:00 am

Welcome and Plan for the Day

9:15 am

Opening Plenary Session: Lessons Learned and Policy Needs
This plenary focused on the need for research-policy partnerships in the opioid crisis. The panelists discussed instances when these partnerships have been helpful and areas where expertise and ongoing research are still needed.


  • Jenni Owen, Policy Director, Office of NC Governor Roy Cooper
  • Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, Policies for Action
  • Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Patricia Strach, Associate Professor, University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
  • Mark McClellan, Director, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy (Moderator)
10:30 am

Break Out Sessions
Break out sessions repeated in the afternoon.

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm

Break Out Sessions

2:45 pm

Closing Plenary Session: Big Data Panel
This session focused on the role of data in opioid crisis monitoring and research. The panelists discussed identifying relevant data and navigating data security policies.


  • Dana Bernson, Principal Investigator and Lead Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Peter Kreiner, Senior Scientist at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University
  • Christopher Ruhm, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • April Young, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Public Health
  • Erich Senin Huang, Co-Director of Duke Forge, and Assistant Dean for Biomedical Informatics, Duke University School of Medicine (Moderator)
3:45 pm Closing Remarks



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