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Panel – Federal Efforts towards Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Panel – Federal Efforts towards Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
In-person and via Webcast
Link for Webcast

 HHS partners will discuss ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of opioid abuse as it relates to rural communities. Panel participants will include

  • Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP, FAAN, Director, Division of Practice Improvement (AHRQ)
  • Beverly Cotton, DNP, Director, Division of Behavioral Health (IHS)
  • Onaje Salim, PhD, Director, Division of State and Community Assistance (SAMSHA)

What is National Rural Health Day?

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day (NRHD) as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. In the past six years, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has planned, hosted, and participated in the annual event.

This year’s NRHD events will highlight the Power of Rural and center on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSAs) Bureaus and Offices[1] and HHS agencies collaborations to improve rural health.

As part of its promotional events for NRHD, HRSA’s Bureaus and Offices, spearheaded by FORHP, will moderate a series of Twitter chats, one topic a day at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (the 13th), Tuesday (the 14th), and Wednesday (the 15th). The topics will focus on workforce development, the social determinants of health, and behavioral health, respectively. Join the Twitter chat conversations by following @HRSAgov and the #OurRural.


[1] Participating HRSA Bureaus and Offices in this year’s NRHD activities include the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Office of Regional Operations (ORO), and the Office of Women’s Health (OWH). Other participating HHS agencies include the Agency for Health Research and Quality (ARHQ), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).