Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Monday, October 23rd

This preconference forum is where state policymakers can learn about emerging issues and other states’ experiences in preventing and treating opioid use disorder. The sessions explore how states are working to:

  • Identify and address social causes of opioid use disorder;
  • Support best practices to manage chronic pain;
  • Meet the unique needs of affected pregnant or postpartum women and infants; and
  • Implement transformative and evidence-based prevention strategies and treatment models.


  • Cheryl J. Roberts, Deputy Director of Programs, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
  • Lisa Ramirez, Project Director, Texas Targeted Opioid Response, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • PDF-icon Christina MullinsDirector, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Dr. Mary G. McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)
  • PDF-icon Julienne Giard, Director of Evidence-Based Practices and Grants, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Kimberly Johnson, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, State of Massachusetts
  • MaryAnne Lindeblad, State Medicaid Director, Washington Health Care Authority
  • PDF-icon Nora Stern, Providence Health and Services Persistent Pain Project Manager, Oregon Health Authority: Oregon Pain Management Commission
  • PDF-icon Ana Novais, Executive Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • PDF-icon Greg Moody, Director, Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation

Supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the National Organizations for State and Local Officials Cooperative Agreement and the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality.

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