The Millicent Geare Edmunds Lecture
The Response from Maryland's Administration and Legislature
Nov. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Auditorium, Room 130
Reception to follow
Birch Barron, MSPH, CEM
Deputy Director, Opioid Operational Command Center
Chief of Staff to the Senior Emergency Management Advisor to the Governor
Birch Barron is the Deputy Director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, the state emergency management body responsible for coordinating efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. Mr. Barron also serves as a Senior Policy Analyst for the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.
Mr. Barron has extensive experience working in disasters, including catastrophic floods, civil unrest, and multiple earthquake, hurricane, and first responder support missions across the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and Africa. Mr. Barron holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he focused on Health Systems and Emergency Management. He also holds a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers.
About the 2018-19 Dean's Lecture Series
The 2018-19 Dean’s Lecture Series focuses on Opioid and Substance Use Disorders: Destigmatizing the Issue and Responding to the Challenge.
Between January and June of this year, Maryland reported 1,185opioid relateddeaths, and Baltimore city represents one of the hardest-hit communities in the state. Individuals with substance use disorders face challenges from multiple sources, including stigma that they lack the will to overcome their addiction. Professionals providing care in all settings also face challenges in understanding the complexity of the issue and in establishing the collaborative network needed to provide effective care. There are promising developments in research and practice for improving outcomes. This lecture series considers these developments and invites you to participate in the dialogue.
Maryland's legislature and administration have implemented major policy initiatives toward developing effective strategies and resources. What has been the effect thus far and how much further do we need to go?
As a result of participating in this learning activity, nurses will be able to:
- Discuss contributing factors to current opioid substance use disorder crisis in Maryland.
- Discuss major Maryland policy initiatives targeting reduction in opioid substance use disorders.
- Apply knowledge to professional role.