National Advocacy Week, Oct. 16 - 20

Medical Student National Advocacy Week is Oct. 16 - 20. Join NEOMED's AMA/OSMA and Public Health Interest Group for a week-long advocacy effort to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic. Events will provide students with the opportunity to learn the facts, meet the people and acquire the skills needed to start advocacy right here in Northeast Ohio. Food will be provided and expert perspectives will be shared. 
The Opioid Epidemic: An Introduction, Oct. 16
Join us for a riveting presentation to kick-off National Advocacy Week 2017: Reversing the Opioid Epidemic on Oct. 16 from noon- 1 p.m. in Meshel Hall. Douglas Smith, MD, Medical Director and Chief Clinical Officer of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board will explain how we got to the opioid epidemic, addiction as a brain disease, and what is currently underway to combat the epidemic. Penn Station Subs will be provided for the first 30 people to register.
*Also join AMA chapters across the nation in a social media blast. Details and example post to come. 
Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) Training, Oct. 17
Join us for Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) training on Oct. 17 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in Meshel Hall. Project DAWN is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education program. They also provide Naloxone kits to friends, family and community members who are in a position to help someone nearing an overdose and preventing a death. This is one of the few events you can elect to attend that will actively teach you how to save lives! The event will be facilitated by Becky Lehman, MPH, CHES, Director of Health Education and Promotion, Portage County Health Department. 
Advocacy and Resolution Writing Workshop, Oct. 18
The Advocacy and Resolution Writing Workshop will be held on Oct. 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. It will provide practical skills for advocacy and resolution writing. Through collaboration with our hand-selected table facilitators, attendees will be well-equipped to engage in issue advocacy on a local, state, and national stage. The workshop will begin with an introduction to strategies for advocacy, followed a series of expert facilitated table sessions. Attendees will rotate through at least 4 tables on different advocacy topics. Each table will have hands-on experience in crafting multiple advocacy products. Food will be provided from Panera Bread. 
Our table facilitators include:
  • Rachel Sosnowchik, Ohio Field Organizer, Organizing For Action
  • Wendy Hyde, M.Ed., C.H.E.S., T21 Advocate, Assistant Professor, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Suman C. Vellanki, M.D., Recent grad of Summa Hospital's Addiction Medicine Fellowship
  • Brian Bachelder, M.D., Immediate Past-President of the Ohio State Medical Association

Register by Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.

Visit to Congressman Renacci's Wadsworth Office, Oct. 19

Attendees will discuss congressional efforts in combating the opioid epidemic with Thomas Queen, Heidi Matthews and David Dobo. If you would like to attend, please contact Austin Hilt at or Hari Iyer at to reserve your spot.

Multiple Partners: A Healthy Choice? A Workshop on Essential Skills for Collaboration, Oct. 20

Multiple Partners: A Healthy Choice? will be held on Oct. 20 from noon - 1 p.m. in Great Hall. In this interactive workshop, American Public Health Association Past-President, C. William Keck, M.D., M.P.H. will guide us in practical skills for working with multiple partners in public health, medicine, and beyond. Together we will learn to apply critical skills for effective collaboration between medical practitioners, public health professionals, and various community stakeholders. Attendees will receive a collaboration toolkit complete with a check list of key steps and a review of collaboration science. Chipotle burritos will be provided for the first 30 people to register. 

Register by Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. 

Questions? Please contact Austin Hilt at or Hari Iyer at
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