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Partnerships and Strategies to Increase Access to SUD Treatment and Harm Reduction

Healthworks for newsletters (April 12, 2024) – In Kansas, drug deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, predominantly fentanyl, more than doubled between 2019 - 2020 and 2020 - 2021. Of the 678 Kansas residents who died because of a drug overdose in 2021, 63 percent involved an opioid, 51 percent involved a synthetic opioid and 41 percent involved a non-cocaine psychostimulant. Join us from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, to hear how hospitals and communities are partnering to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction.

Panelists include:

  • Megan Beck, BSN, RN, clinical quality and stroke certification coordinator, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
  • Thomas Simmons, health educator, Reno County Health Department
  • Daniel Warren, MD
  • Shelly McMaster, RN, BSN, MBA, administrative director clinical integration, Stormont Vail Health
  • Michaela Loxterman, LAC, vice president of medical integration, CKF Addiction Treatment

This webinar is the second in a series of opioid-related provider education webinars to be offered in 2024 for clinicians, quality professionals and hospital leaders. The program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education and is pending approval for 1.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education. There is no charge to attend as this program is funded through a grant from our partners at DCCCA.


--Karen Braman