Opioid Innovation and Recovery Symposium
September is Recovery Month! In honor, Brigham Health's Program in Opioid and Pain Innovation (POPI) along with the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic is hosting a symposium to bring awareness to the Opioid epidemic. Hear how addiction and pain experts from the Brigham and beyond are pursuing innovative approaches to identifying, treating and supporting patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the role that the COVID-19 pandemic is playing in OUD.
Meet The Speakers
Leena Mittal, MD, FACLP
Leena Mittal is the Chief of the Division of Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as the Program Director for the Women's Mental Health Fellowship at the Brigham.

Dr Mittal has numerous publications and speaks nationally on the treatment of mental health and substance use conditions throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Dr. Mittal is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and addiction medicine. Additionally, Dr Mittal is the Associate Medical Director for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms (MCPAP for Moms), an innovative statewide consultation service for providers seeing pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use conditions.

“Prenatal and Postnatal Recovery and Opioid Use Disorder” 
Esteban Gershanik, MD, MPH, MMSc, FAAP, FHM
Dr. Esteban Gershanik is a Medicine Hospitalist and Clinical Informaticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  He consults on projects across the country and serves on hospital and national committees on health information technology (HIT), public health, and health equity.   Previously as Chief Information Officer and Health Informatics Director for the Louisiana Department of Health, he led his team to five awarded grants for over $2.6 million from the CDC and Department of Justice on opioid data, established an online opioid surveillance system, and led local, regional, and national efforts on collecting, validating, and translating opioid data.

He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Hospital Medicine, has served as faculty at MIT, Tulane Schools of Medicine and Public Health, LSU Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and currently a member at Ariadne labs and Part-Time Instructor at Harvard Medical School. 

 Impact of COVID-19 on OUD Treatment Access and Outcomes” 
Juan Herrara Escobar, MD, MPH
Dr. Herrara Escobar is a physician scientist from Colombia with advanced training in trauma outcomes research methodology. He currently serve as Research Director in Long Term Outcomes in Trauma at the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His academic focus is studying the long-term physical, mental, and social health consequences of traumatic injuries.

He has 5-year experience in implementing and coordinating
the Functional Outcomes and Recovery after Trauma Emergencies (FORTE) project, a multi-site collaboration that aims to build a long-term, patient-centered data outcomes registry of patients who have suffered traumatic injuries.

"Pain and long-term outcomes after traumatic injury” 
Carla Monteiro, MSW
Carla earned her master’s degree from Boston College School of Social Work and a substance use counseling certificate from Quincy College. She is the Founder and President of the Cape Verdean Social Workers Association. And is a member of NASW, she serves on committees for criminal justice reform and legislation advocacy and as a delegate for the Massachusetts slate. Carla is also a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers, and she is a Big Sister with the Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston. She previously worked with incarcerated men and women and traveled to the border of Arizona/Nogalas, Sonora, Mexico with colleagues and refugee organizations to aid migrants. She actively seeks to give back to her community through her social work education and her many volunteer activities. In her role at the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic she supports patients who are treated for substance use disorders and mental illness. 
“The Impact of Social Determinate of health and the pandemic for Substance Use Patients” 
Windia Rodgriguez
Windia Rodriguez currently works as a Recovery Coach Team Lead for Partners Healthcare. She began her work in the Peer to Peer Support field at STEPRox, a peer recovery support center in Roxbury, MA; first as a peer member and then as a staff member. Through her work at the recovery center, Windia became interested in a career as a Recovery Coach. After going to the Recovery Coach Academy, Windia has also worked for MOAR and Always Health Partners. Recently, Windia has become a trainer for the BSAS Recovery Coach Academy trainings offered to aspiring and professional Recovery Coaches. Windia’s recovery support work is informed by her own sustained recovery from substance use for over eight years using multiple pathways such as mutual aid fellowships, alternative practices which include crystal healing, reiki, meditation and yoga. She brings this in-depth personal knowledge and expertise of what is required to engage in treatment and sustain recovery over time.

“Full Circle Recovery” 
Mimi Yen Li, 4th year Harvard Medical student 
Mimi is a 4th year Harvard Medical student with an interest in mental health care, substance use disorders, and correctional health. Through the Student Coalition on Addiction and Racial Justice Coalition, she organizes for increased treatment access for addiction and prison reform.

“RESILIENT: Narratives of Hope from Boston's Opioid Crisis,”
Joyce Zhou, 4th year Harvard Medical student 
Joyce Zhou is a fourth year Harvard medical student who co-directed RESILIENT from 2017-2018. She has a background in anthropology and is passionate about patient-centered care, medical education, and internal medicine.

“RESILIENT: Narratives of Hope from Boston's Opioid Crisis,”
Brigham Opioid Innovation and Recovery Symposium
Zoom Webinar

09/17/20 12:00pm - 09/17/20 1:30pm

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Event Moderated By:

Gloria Brand, MPA
Senior Program Director
Program in Opioid and Pain Innovation (POPI)

For More Information Contact: gbrand@bwh.harvard.edu
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