2018 Speakers
 
 
The Rx Summit annually gathers leading field experts, researchers, policy makers, and others to present a comprehensive and diverse agenda. Below are 2018 speakers.
 
 
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Jennifer Clarke MD, MPH, FACP
Medical Program Director
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Jennifer Clarke is an associate professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has been working as an internist at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections since 1998, and became the department's medical programs director in November 2015. Her research interests include incarcerated populations, women's health, substance misuse and reproductive health.
Expanding Access to Treatment for Justice-Involved Populations: Lessons Learned from States


Francis Collins
MD, PhD, Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, was appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008. Before coming to NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.
Plenary Session: Agency Update Part 1


Mary Beth Cox
MPH, Substance Use Epidemiologist
North Carolina Division of Public Health
Mary Beth Cox is an Epidemiologist with the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In the six years since receiving her Master of Public Health in epidemiology and global health from New York Medical College, she has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and worked in communicable disease surveillance in New York and North Carolina. She joined the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch in January 2016 as a Substance Use Epidemiologist. Cox serves on several state and national work groups that aim to reduce alcohol and other drug morbidity and mortality.
It's More Than Opioids: Polysubstance Use in North Carolina


Robin Cruise
Project Manager, Behavioral Health
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Robin Cruise is a Behavioral Health Project Manager for BlueCross BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST). She is responsible for managing behavioral health improvement projects related to all lines of business including the BlueCare Tennessee state government business and the BCBST commercial business. Prior to joining BCBST in 2008, she was Program Director at a transitional housing program for homeless women with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. She has worked as a clinician at various organizations, including an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, a residential substance abuse treatment facility and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, a prison housing 1,000-plus female felony offenders. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee: Third-Party Payer and Provider Perspectives


Timothy Cruz
District Attorney
Plymouth County District Attorney's Office
Timothy J. Cruz has served as the Plymouth County District Attorney since November, 2001. During his tenure he has aggressively prosecuted crime in Plymouth County. Most recently, Cruz has focused his office’s efforts on battling the opioid crisis at all levels. His office also works collaboratively with local law enforcement, social service agencies, healthcare professionals, the faith community and educators on crime prevention initiatives throughout the county. Cruz has served as a member of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance; Department of Corrections Advisory Council; Governor’s Council on Capital Punishment; and the Forensic Technology Subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation. He has also served two terms as the President of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. Previously, he worked in private practice, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County. He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School and is admitted to both the Massachusetts and the United States District Court bars, as well as the United States Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Drug-Endangered Children: How Law Enforcement, Child Protection Agencies and Schools Can Help


Kathryn Cunniff
PharmD, Primary Care Pharmacist
Penobscot Community Health Care
Dr. Katie Cunniff is a Hepatitis C Primary Care Pharmacist at Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Bangor, Maine. Cunniff graduated from the University of New England’s College of Pharmacy in 2016 and subsequently completed a Community Pharmacy Residency Program at PCHC. Highlights of her work at PCHC throughout residency and her current position include participating in pharmacist role expansion into the transitions of care arena, pioneering a pharmacist-managed hepatitis C testing and treatment initiative, and integrating pharmacists into Medication Assisted Recovery in the greater Bangor area. She is passionate about expanding services to provide higher quality, more comprehensive care for the underserved.

Pharmacists and Physicians: Strategies for Effective Collaboration in Pain Management and MAT


Corey Davis
JD, MSPH, EMT-B, Deputy Director
Network for Public Health Law
Corey Davis is a Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program and Deputy Director at the Network for Public Health Law (NHeLP). His work focuses on public health, particularly identifying and leveraging opportunities in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid to improve public health. Prior to joining NHeLP, Davis was a health policy consultant at Temple University’s fledgling Center for Health Law, Policy, and Practice, where his work focused on improving access to essential medications, particularly opioids for the treatment of cancer and AIDS pain. He also served as an employment rights attorney at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, where he represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and provided education, outreach and strategic support to the LGBT community. Before joining Equality Advocates, Davis was a New Voices fellow at Prevention Point Philadelphia, where he oversaw a street-based legal clinic sited at the city’s only syringe exchange program. He is the recipient of the International AIDS Society’s Young Investigator Award and has been published numerous times in the lay and academic press.
Opioid Prevention 2.0: Innovative Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Trends


Steve Daviss
MD, DFAPA, Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Chief Medical Officer and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dr. Steve Daviss currently serves as Senior Medical Advisor to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He is double-boarded in psychiatry and in psychosomatic medicine, with expertise in the intersections of psychiatry, addiction, primary care, health information technology and healthcare policy. Prior to beginning his service to HHS in September 2017, he served in numerous leadership positions in clinical, policy and medical informatics areas, including clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Maryland, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, founding president at Fuse Health Strategies, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at M3 Information, chair of the Parity Accreditation Committee of ClearHealth Quality Institute, and election to Recorder of the Assembly at the American Psychiatric Association in 2017.
A Review of TIP #63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder


Greg Delaney
Outreach Coordinator
Woodhaven Ohio
Pastor Greg Delaney who serves as the Outreach Coordinator at Woodhaven, which is a treatment center known as “a safe place to recover.” Delaney is a frequent Faith Collaborator with/for the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Statewide Outreach on Substance Use, as well as Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia’s Combating Addiction with Grace initiative. Delaney has been instrumental in a number of initiatives, such as The CHAMPIONS NETWORK, a coordinated and collaborative network of qualified individuals, community-based services, ministries and churches ministering to the addicted in our local communities, and an ongoing weekday BLOG called “Opportunities for Hope,” which offers messages of encouragement and recovery to its readers and subscribers. He also hosts a weekly radio show of the same name broadcast on 90.9 in Lancaster, Ohio.
Hope In Action: Partnering with Faith-Based Communities to Address the Opioid Epidemic


Brian DeLeonardo
JD, State's Attorney
Carroll County, Maryland
State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo has served since 2014 as the chief law enforcement officer for Carroll County, Maryland, and oversees an office of 43 prosecutors, investigators and support staff. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for Maryland, and as the managing partner in a law firm where he represented hundreds of clients facing criminal charges as a result of their battle with drug addiction. He served as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and as instructor for both state and federal law enforcement agencies for over 15 years, including the Maryland State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was appointed in 2016 by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on Maryland’s Criminal Sentencing Commission. He participated in the Law Enforcement Subcommittee for the Maryland Governor’s Heroin Task Force, which was formed to discuss innovative ways to address the rise in opioid overdoses. DeLeonardo is the elected Vice President of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association and is the head of the Legislation Committee for the association.
Stamp Out Heroin: One County's Three-Pronged Approach


Kurt DeVine
MD, Family Physician
Family Medical Center, CHI St Gabriel's
Dr. Kurt Devine has been a full spectrum family medicine physician for more than 26 years. As a practicing physician in rural Minnesota, he has faced many unique challenges caring for patients in the primary care setting amid evolving care delivery models demanded forward thinking and creative strategies for change. As opioid use and its attributing issues became increasingly apparent, he became more engaged and involved with the local community task force assembled to address concerns of opioid use and dependency within the county. He quickly discovered the importance of guiding change with a strong provider championship and building impactful community partnerships. His leadership has enabled grant funding to be put to practical use and demonstrate positive outcomes from both the financial and patient care perspectives. Over the last year he has provided medication assisted treatment. It is his exemplary leadership, Devine created a culture shift within his own practice and other practices throughout the state. The program model he created has shown significant impact on opioid prescribing, as well as treatment of patients and will be reproduced in other communities with the help of recent legislative funding.
A Rural Primary Care Clinic's Successful Response to the Opioid Epidemic


Bethany DiPaula
PharmD, BCPP, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland - Baltimore
Bethany A. DiPaula, PharmD, BCPP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Director of Pharmacy at Springfield Hospital Center, and Clinical Pharmacist at Helping Up Mission. DiPaula completed her Doctor in Pharmacy and psychiatric residency training at the University Of Maryland School Of Pharmacy, Baltimore. She became a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist in 1997. DiPaula has been active in shaping state collaborative drug therapy management legislation and in developing physician-pharmacist collaborative practices. She currently practices collaboratively providing medication management services for psychiatric and opioid use disorder patients at Helping Up Mission. She previously created a collaborative buprenorphine/naloxone-maintenance program at a federally funded community health clinic and a local health department. She received state approval for her physician-pharmacist opioid use disorder and psychiatric disorders drug therapy management protocols. DiPaula has worked on a state committee, which legislatively advocated for expanded access to naloxone through greater pharmacist involvement. She has served as an instructor and supervisor for Maryland’s opioid overdose response program curriculum at a local health department. DiPaula has mentored addicted pharmacists while volunteering with the Pharmacist Education and Assistance Committee.
Interprofessional Excellence: Integrating Pharmacists into the MAT Team


John Dombrowski
MD, FASA, DABAM, Chief Executive Officer
Washington Pain Center
Dr. John Dombrowski has 25 years of experience in anesthesiology and pain medicine. With the rise of addiction in the United States, he became board certified in addiction medicine to treat these patients. He is a frequent lecturer across the country to discuss techniques that anesthesiologists can use to limit the amount of opiates provided patients. Also, he is frequently on national television, such as FOXNews, Good Morning America and Today.
Treating Chronic Pain in a Non-Opiate-Based Format


KariLynn Dowling
PharmD, Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellow
Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University
KariLynn Dowling, PharmD, is a Community Pharmacy Practice Research Fellow and adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Gatton College of Pharmacy. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She completed residency training at Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine, as a member of the 2014-15 PGY1 Community Pharmacy and 2015-16 PGY2 Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration residency classes. As a resident, Dowling focused on controlled substance stewardship and program implementation for intranasal naloxone and medication assisted therapy initiatives. Her career interests include Rx drug abuse research, addiction treatment, and academia. Dowling is pursuing a Master of Public Health (community health concentration) from ETSU.
Community Pharmacists and Harm Reduction: Evidence and Opportunities


Karen Drexler
MD, National Mental Health Program Director - Substance Use Disorders, VACO
Veterans Health Administration, field-based at the Atlanta VA Medical Center
Dr. Karen Drexler serves as National Mental Health Program Director for Substance Use Disorders in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in VA Central Office. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She served four years as a psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Alcohol Rehabilitation Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and on the faculty at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, where she was Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training Director from 2002 to 2014. Her research interests include clinical trials in addiction treatment and translational research on the neurobiology of addiction. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She continues to actively practice addiction psychiatry at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
VA Best Practices: S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Initiative and Practice Guidelines


Laura Dunlap
PhD, Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services, Policy and Economics Research
RTI International
Laura J. Dunlap, PhD, is Senior Director of RTI International’s Behavioral Health Services, Policy, and Economics Research Program. She has over 20 years of experience conducting evaluations of substance abuse treatment programs and the systems in which they provide services, including medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders (OUDs). She currently serves as the Project Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Evaluation of Medication Assisted Treatment. She recently led the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation-funded Telehealth study, which examined use of telehealth for expanding access to treatment of OUDs. She has led numerous research studies in the field of behavioral health on multiple federal contracts and grants, including for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institutes of Health. Dunlap has published her findings in numerous journals.
Expanding Access to OUD Treatment: The Role of Telehealth


Robert DuPont MD
MD, President
Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
For over 40 years, Dr. Robert L. DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968-1970, he was Director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. From 1970-1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration. In 1978, he became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. DuPont's signature role throughout his career has been to focus on the public health goal of reducing the use of illegal drugs.
The National Opioid Overdose Epidemic: It’s Not Just Opioids
Long-Term Recovery: The Essential Roles of Families and Addiction Treatment Providers


Holly Dye
MRC, Beyond Birth Program Director
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Holly Dye, MRC, is a nationally recognized expert on addiction and the impact on children. After 20 years of work with foster children, in-patient and out-patient drug treatment settings, Dye created a model program for medical and behavioral health interventions with families impacted by substance abuse that utilized telehealth networks, a basic online training program and a 16-hour training curriculum for professionals. She has authored numerous publications, many specific to substance use disorders and child development, and has developed programs for parents with addiction. She is the recipient of the 2012 Bluegrass Alliance for Women, Impact Award; 2011 Department of Homeland Security Service Award; 2008 Victim Impact Program Service Award; 2006 Champion for Children Award, presented by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky; and the 2007 Recognition Award by the Federal Medical Center for work done for the Victim Impact Program. She was featured in the A&E Special A Question of Life or Meth, which received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special, June 14, 2007. Dye currently works as the Program Manager of the Beyond Birth at University of Kentucky HealthCare and the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing Perinatal Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Do the Next Right Thing: A Family-Centered and Multidisciplinary Approach to Substance Abuse Treatment among Perinatal Women


John Eadie, MPA
Coordinator, Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Project
National Emerging Threat Initiative, A National HIDTA Initiative
John Eadie is the Public Health & Prescription Drug Monitoring Program project coordinator for the National Emerging Threat Initiative of the National HIDTA Assistance Center. He previously served as director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence at Brandeis University (2010-2015). For 44 years, Eadie has served in management, executive and consulting capacities in the field of public health. As director of the Division of Public Health Protection in the New York State Department of Health (1985-1995), he directed the state’s pharmaceutical diversion program, including the PDMP. He co-founded both the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs and the National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities, served as president for both organizations and held other posts. Since leaving New York state service in 2001, Eadie has served as a consultant on PDMPs, including serving as the administrative reviewer for the Massachusetts PDMP.
Stimulants and Opioids: An Emerging Drug Threat in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic


Harry Earle
MA, Chief of Police
Gloucester Township (New Jersey) Police Department
Harry Earle, MA, is the Chief of Police of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Camden County, New Jersey. He has served with the department since 1988 and been Chief since 2010. Earle has implemented numerous community and problem-solving policing models with a focus on overall crime prevention through new programs targeting at-risk youth and early victimization identification. Earle holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in human resource development, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Earle is the President of the Camden County Chiefs of Police Association, and serves on numerous boards and committees including the Camden County College Police Academy Advisory Board, the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement, and the New Jersey Human Trafficking Commission. Earle has lectured on the topics of police professionalism, bullying, peer mediation, violence prevention in schools, community policing, addiction and prevention of child sexual exploitation.
Changing Attitudes: Law Enforcement, Public Health and Naloxone