13th Annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar

13th Annual Addressing Health Disparities Seminar
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 7:45am - 4:45pm

Substance Use Disorder and the Opioid Crisis

The goal of the conference will be to increase knowledge, skills, and ability of academia, health professionals and community members to address health disparities regarding substance use disorder and the current opioid crisis nationwide. This includes issues regarding public health responses and policies around opioid users, recognizing signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, identifying current illicit drugs, and advocacy and support for substance use and abuse health professionals and patients.

Provided By

Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA)
Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity (CHHHE)
Opioid Response Network STR-TA
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education


At the end of this workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Define “Substance and Drug Use Disorders”
  • Examine current policies regarding substance use disorder
  • Analyze the current trends of drug and substance use disorders and the misuse of prescription drugs
  • Discuss strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating policies regarding substance and drug use disorders with opioid addiction.
  • Identify local organizations working in substance use disorder prevention and policy making


Morning Session

7:45 a.m.
Check-in/ Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki. Associate Vice Provost-Health Sciences
Mr. Joel Dougherty, COO - One World Health Center. Chair, CPHHE

8:40 a.m.
Agenda Overview, Logistics and Charge to Audience

Mr. Mervin D. Vasser. Assistant Director, HS-MACA

8:50 a.m.
Overview of Success of the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity (CPHHE)

Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki. Co-Director and Co-Founder, CPHHE

9 a.m.
Dr. Frank T. Peak Essay Competition: Presentation and Award to Winner

Award Presenters: Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki, Dr. John Stone and Mrs. Lyris Peak

9:30 a.m.
Overview of Douglas County Statistics of Substance Use and Opioid Use

Dr. Adi Pour. Douglas County Health Department

10 a.m.
Defining Addiction and Substance Use Disorder: The Public Health Impact

Dr. Kate Nolt. Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Creighton University

10:15 a.m.
Substance Use Disorder: Effects and Management in the Native American Community and Other Communities

Dr. Donna Polk. CEO, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition

10:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion 1: The Role of Pharmacology and Pharmacy in Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Use

Facilitator: Dr. Roselyn Cerutis. School of Dentistry
Panelist: Dr. Thomas Murray. School of Medicine
Panelist: Dr. Edward M. DeSimone II. School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

11:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion 2: When Substance use Disorder and the Opioid Crisis Hit Home

Facilitator: Ms. Doris Moore. CEO, Center for Holistic Development
Panelist: TBD
Panelist: Mr. Larry Nicholson
Panelist: Ms. LaTaunya Riley

Afternoon Session

12 p.m.
Opioid - the Intersection of Healthcare, Law, Ethics and Public Policy

Dr. Kelly Dineen. -Director of Health Law Programs, Creighton University

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibition

1 p.m.
Community & Academic Collaboration: What Justice/Equity Demands

Dr. John Stone. -Center for Health and Policy Ethics, Creighton University

1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Substance Use Disorder and the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Alena A. Balasanova, MD, FAPA
Nebraska Medicine I University of Nebraska Medical Center

2:45 p.m.
Break and Exhibition

3 p.m.
Workshops and Breakout Session

Workshop 1: These are the Drugs
Presenter: Omaha Police Department
Workshop 2: Recognition of Opioid Use Disorder and the Administration of Narcan
Presenter: Mrs. Sarah Ziegenhorn, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition

3:45 p.m.
Community Discussion: Stigma and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

Facilitator: Dr. Jeffrey Smith. College of Arts and Sciences, Creighton University
Community Organizations:
Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
Charles Drew Health Center
OneWorld Community Health Center
Boys Town Nebraska

4:15 p.m.
Community Discussion Recap and Q&A Session

Facilitator: Mrs. Doris Lassiter. CEO, Nebraska Center for Healthy Families

4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki. Co-Director and Co-Founder, CPHHE

4:40 p.m.

Hixson-Lied Science Building
2555 Burt Street
Auditorium G-04
Omaha, NE 68178
United States