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8th Annual VCBH Conference

October 8-9, 2020
Virtual Event

 

This year's conference theme is Rural Addiction and Health

Steve Woolf headshotOur keynote speaker is Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Healthy 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 will be released as the conference date draws closer. Our call for poster abstracts is now open!

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Address: Lifestyle and U.S. Mortality RatesSteven 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: 
    • Opioid Addiction, Overdose, and Disease - Judith Feinberg, MD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, West Virginia University 
    • Infectious Disease and Rural Addiction - Kirk Dombrowski, PhD, Vice President for Research, University of Vermont
    • Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy - Hendree 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 special lunchtime event, learn about new interventions and technology through case-study discussions facilitated by local champions, UVM CORA faculty, and research pioneers.

  • 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:
    • Interim Buprenorphine Treatment for Rural Adults with Opioid Use Disorder - Kelly 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: Meta-Analysis on Contingency Management for Treating Psychomotor Stimulant Use Among Those in MOUD

  • 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