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Webinar focuses on interprofessional approach to address opioid abuse epidemic

August 06, 2018

Dental faculty, students and clinicians seeking to learn more about interprofessional approaches to addressing the national opioid epidemic can register for the Aug. 30 webinar, An IPE Approach to the Opioid Epidemic.

The webinar, set for 2-3 p.m. EST, is hosted by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative and is the fifth event in its 2018 IPEC Webinar Series. The series is aimed at highlighting trends and activities interprofessional education — a teaching model that emphasizes a need for students from different health care professions to learn and work together to improve the quality of patient care.

The National Vital Statistics System data estimates that an average of 115 Americans die each day from opioid misuse. According to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, interprofessional engagement and education can help optimize patient care related to preventing opioid abuse. Panelists will share ideas on how to design and implement collaborative approaches in response to the opioid epidemic.

The panelists are:

  • Patricia J. Ohtake, Ph.D., associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, department of rehabilitation science.
  • Wendy Elizabeth Braund, M.D., director, Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Learning objectives for the webinar include describing interprofessional approaches at the University at Buffalo and University of Pittsburgh that prepare students to address the opioid epidemic; identifying opportunities and resources related to opioid prevention and treatment for interprofessional education and collaborative practice; and analyzing the lessons learned in the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse for future application.

To register for the webinar, visit