The Opioid Crisis and Public Health Experiences in the District of Columbia in 2020
The design of this module will feature a reflection of public health data on the opioid crisis aimed at providers and pharmacists in DC. The DC government has undertaken a multi-pronged strategy to thwart deaths and morbidity associated with opioid use disorder (focus on prescribed opioids). An update on non-fatal opioid event outcomes will be presented and reflect strategic interventions. This module will give providers an update on strategies and their roles in mitigating the harmful effects of opioid medications. Clinical perspectives from acute pain management, chronic pain interventions, and health system information systems to support responsible opioid management.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
- Learners using this module will attain an up-to-date understanding of key statistics and regulations that reflect the DC strategic plan in addressing opioid overprescribing and opioid use disorder.
- Learners will attain an understanding of the use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data
- Clinical providers will present perspectives on best practice applications of pain management practices and proper use of opioid medications
- Learners will gain practical insights about health informatics infrastructure supporting clinical opioid prescribing practices and patient management
Dr. Chikarlo Leak
Policy Director, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
Brian Choi, MD,FACC
Professor of Medicine & Radiology, Chief Medical Information Officer, and Co-Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging in the Division of Cardiology at the George Washington University.
Dr.Choi specializes in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging including cardiovascular CT and MRI, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. His clinical interests include the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and valvular heart disease.
Dr. Choi’s research uses non-invasive imaging to assess coronary artery disease treatment strategies, atherosclerotic plaque composition, and their thrombotic complications, and he has developed new products for some of the world’s leading healthcare companies. His publications include a study of menopause and osteoporosis drugs on atherosclerotic lesion vulnerability and an experimental model to assess treatment strategies to reduce bleeding complications from commonly used anti-platelet medications in the treatment of coronary disease. He is also a contributor to textbooks including chapters on “The Clinical Approach to the Patient with Thrombosis” in Platelets in Cardiovascular and Hematologic Disorders and “Lipoprotein Metabolism and Vascular Biology” in Therapeutic Lipidology. Dr. Choi has been invited to speak at medical conferences worldwide, and his research has been honored with awards from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Choi is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. His professional activities include service on the American College of Cardiology Informatics and Health IT Task Force and the board of RAD-AID International. He has been an abstract grader for the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and an invited reviewer for scientific publications submitted to Circulation. He has been consistently named a Washingtonian Top Doctor since 2012.
Dr. Choi received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Takeisha Presson, DDS
DC Based General Dentist
Dr.Presson began the pre-cursor to her dental career at Howard University. While there, her inclination towards leadership and community involvement took center stage with first place awards at several open conferences and in spite of the weight of school and surrounding activities, this member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority still donated the majority of her weekends to providing charitable dental services, a phenomenal demonstration of commitment and charity. In lieu of her drive to serve Dr. Takeisha Presson’s next challenge came with a residency at the Post-Doctoral General Practice Residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital where she provided comprehensive and compassionate quality oral health care to the inpatient and outpatient population of the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health.
Dr.Presson took great pride in making sure that her patients, though considered apart from common societal norms, felt comfortable and accepted. This charitable heart and keen focus paved the way for a position as the Lead Dentist at Small Smiles Dental Centers, a nationwide organization geared towards addressing the underserved child population. Well liked, highly requested and regarded, Dr. Presson enjoys serving the community from which she was raised, a Washingtonian giving back where it counts.
Dr. Presson holds membership in numerous professional and social organizations, served on the Oral Health Coalition Task Force for the District of Columbia, serving on the board for the DC Dental Society Foundation, The Akoma Foundation and has been bestowed throughout the years several service and merit awards-all too many to name. She dreamed of opening a private practice in her beloved neighborhood in Northeast of the District of Columbia and in 2017 that became a reality with the debut of Dimples Dental Suite. She’s recently started Dimples Dental Suite Foundation, the non-profit arm of Dimples Dental Suite to permit her to effortlessly continue to serve the underserved within her community. In her words, she is “proof positive” of what a great smile can do for a young child as with every day she strives to provide that same smile, that same feeling of health and esteem.
Palak Turakhia, MD, MPH
Board-certified in Anesthesiology and is an assistant professor with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Dr. Palak is originally from Louisiana and completed her undergraduate degree in history at Duke University. She completed her medical degree and Masters in Public Health in international health and development at Tulane University, where she received the medical school alumni award. She completed her anesthesiology residency at Emory University and her fellowship in Pain Management at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she remained on faculty. While at the University of North Carolina, she gave several departmental grand rounds and several pharmacology lectures to the medical students. She also was involved in the annual Pain, Addiction, and the Law conference. Dr. Turakhia’s clinical interests include geriatric and cancer pain management.
Michael Crawford, MBA, MHL
Associate Dean for Strategy, Outreach, and Innovation (ADSOI) at the College of Medicine at Howard University
In his new role, reporting to Dean Hugh Mighty, MD. MBA, FACOG, Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President of Clinical Affairs (VPCA), Mr. Crawford will serve as a strategic advisor to the Dean and VPCA and collaborate with the College of Medicine leadership, Hospital and Faculty Practice Plan (FPP), Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Real Estate Development and Asset Management, HU Board, and other leaders across campus to advance HU’s academic, health, and innovation mission.
Most recently, Mr. Crawford served as the Chief of Staff at Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity), a nonprofit network of 20 health sites with more than 1,000 employees that serves over 108,000 patients annually, and one of the largest community health center networks in the United States. In this capacity, Mr. Crawford partnered with the President and CEO on the strategic and operational management of Unity and collaborated with members of the Executive Management Team on the execution of critical enterprise wide business initiatives to advance the organization’s mission. Michael was a member of the Executive Management Team and served as the President and CEO’s liaison between the Board of Directors, Executive Management Team, external stakeholders, government officials, funders, and staff.
Prior to Unity, Mr. Crawford held domestic and international leadership roles in strategic management, operations, strategy, finance, policy, and business development at large corporations, nonprofits, and start-ups, including Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and Gannett Company.
Mr. Crawford holds a Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) with a concentration in healthcare administration and management from Brown University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The George Washington University with a concentration in Strategic Management and Finance, and a Bachelor of Science from Rider University with a concentration in Marketing Strategy.
Mr. Crawford serves on numerous national and local committees, including the National Association of Community Health Centers Health Policy and Eldercare Committee, DC Chamber of Commerce Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee, Member of American College of Healthcare Executives, Member of National PACE Association, Member of Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and Board Member of Boys and Girls Clubs Greater Washington.
Special Populations Coordinator at the District of Columbia's Department of Health, HAHSTA
Shea Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from BIOLA University and a Master of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University. Shea began her career in substance abuse prevention and harm reduction program development, monitoring, and evaluation at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). AT TDMHSAS, Shea partnered with 10 substance abuse prevention coalitions to hire peer specialists to provide naloxone training and distribution statewide. In 2019, Shea moved to the District of Columbia, where she holds her current role overseeing the Rapid Peer Responder Program, a peer program focused on linking individuals with an opioid use disorder to MAT and other social support services, and oversees naloxone training and distribution for DC Health.
- 1.50 ACPE PharmacistThe George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
- 1.50 ACPE Pharmacy technicianThe George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 Completion
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