8th Annual VCBH Conference

October 8-9, 2020
Virtual Event

 

This year's conference theme is Rural Addiction and Health

Registration is now open

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Steve Woolf headshotOur keynote speaker is Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Health Equity Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor at the VCU Center on Society and Health. He has centered his career on raising public awareness around the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and produce inequities. He addresses these issues through his research, as noted in his 200+ scientific publications, and through outreach to policymakers and the public. His outreach work includes a testimony before Congress, consulting, editorials in major newspapers, and speeches.

Dr. Woolf received his MD from Emory University. As a clinical epidemiologist, he was trained in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University where he also received his MPH. He devoted his early career to health services research and the promotion of evidence-based strategies to prevent disease and promote public health.

We are happy to present a preliminary agenda for this year's conference. A more detailed agenda is available to download (PDF). Our call for poster abstracts is now open!

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Address: The Decline in US Life Expectancy: Are Deaths of Despair Responsible?Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

Session 1: Substance Use Disorders and Adverse Health Outcomes

  • Session Chair: Sarah H. Heil, PhD, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science, University of Vermont 
  • Speakers: 
    • The Medical Consequences of the Injection Opioid Epidemic in Rural America: The Case of West VirginiaJudith Feinberg, MD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, West Virginia University
    • Disease Risk Network Topologies Among People Who Inject Drugs in Rural Puerto RicoKirk Dombrowski, PhD, Vice President for Research, University of Vermont
    • Treating Women for Opioid Use Disorder in The Era of COVID-19Hendree Jones, PhD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
    • Smoking-Attributable Cancer by State: A Source of Rural Public Health Disparity? Andrea Villanti, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

 

Special Lunchtime Event: Leveraging Innovation for Rural SUDs Care: Exploring Case Studies

Presented by: UVM Center on Rural Addiction (CORA)

During this Lunch & Learn session, join SUD treatment champions for small group discussions on the most common clinical challenges: OUD & pain, stimulant use, OUD & pregnancy, adolescents & SUDs, expanding rural treatment access. See case study document (PDF) for descriptions of each and select a study when you register. Attendance is limited.

  • Session Chairs: Sanchit Maruti, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont and Robert Althoff, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

 

Session 2: Rural Residence, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Disease

  • Session Chair: Philip A. Ades, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Vermont
  • Speakers:
    • Rural Obesity, Cancer, and Weight Control - Christie Befort, PhD, Professor, Department of Population Health, Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Kansas Cancer Center, University of Kansas Medical Center 
    • Rural-Urban Differences in Stroke Risk - George Howard, DrPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Breast Cancer Control in Rural Settings - Brian L. Sprague, PhD, Associate Professor, Office of Health Promotion, Department of Surgery, University of Vermont

     

Session 3: Rural-Urban Difference in Cardiac Prevention

  • Speaker: David Schopfer, MD, Program Officer, Clinical Cardiovascular Disease, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

 

Virtual Poster Session

Friday, October 9, 2020

Session 1: Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Settings, Part 1

  • Session Chair: Stacey C. Sigmon, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, UVM Center on Rural Addiction, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science, University of Vermont 
  • Speakers:
    • Challenges of Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Settings: A State Perspective - Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Maine DHHS Commissioner’s Office 
    • Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Settings: A Federal Perspective - Richard Jenkins, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator, National Institute on Drug Abuse: 
    • Polysubstance Use: A Broader Understanding of Substance Use During the Opioid Crisis - Matthew Ellis, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Session 2: Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Settings, Part 2

  • Session Chair: Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science, University of Vermont 
  • Speakers:
    • Innovative Interventions for Rural Adults with Opioid Use DisorderKelly Peck, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science, University of Vermont 
    • Increasing Buprenorphine Access for Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Clinics Using Telemedicine -Nicole Brunet, PharmD, VA Maine Healthcare System

 

Session 3: Contingency Management With Patients Receiving Medication for Opioid Use Disorder: a Meta-Analysis

  • Speaker: Hypatia Bolivar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois 

 

Session 4: Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Settings, Part 2 con't

  • Session Chair: Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science, University of Vermont 
  • Speakers:
    • An Update on Long-Acting Buprenorphine: Implications for Reducing Rural Disparities - Michele R. Lofwall, MD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine: 
    • Understanding the Increase in Opioid Overdoses in New Hampshire: A Rapid Epidemiologic Assessment of People Who Use Opioids and Emergency Personnel - Elizabeth C Saunders, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

 

Adjourn