Dr. Shawn Ryan, president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine will join several other panelists on Wednesday to discuss the opioid epidemic in the Cincinnati area. The Keynote speaker for Wednesday’s event will be Tom Synan, chief of police for Newtown, Ohio, and a leading regional and national advocate in the fight against the opioid crisis. Synan is a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department, serving the last 10 years as police chief and as a SWAT Team Leader. He was a founding member of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition and has provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee about deadly synthetic opiates. Synan will provide insight into the complexity of this issue.

Presented by Delta Omega Honorary Society Gamma Rho Chapter
Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


Kowalewski 301 in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati

Following Synan’s keynote will be a panel discussion featuring researchers, clinicians and health professionals.  Schedule of events for the day are as follows:

Wednesday, April 4: Keynote and Panel discussion 

9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Doors open, sign in

10 a.m. -10:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
• Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Chair of Dept. of Environmental Health
• Neil MacKinnon, PhD, Co-Chair of UC/UC Health Opioid
Task Force, Dean of UC’s Winkle College of Pharmacy

10:10 a.m. -10:55 a.m. Keynote by Tom Synan, Newtown Police Chief and a founding member of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Jennifer Brown, PhD, associate professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Addiction Sciences Division.
  • Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Health Commissioner, and adjunct instructor, Public Health.
  • Michael Lyons, MD, MPH, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, and a UC Health physician.
  • Jennifer Mooney, PhD, Cincinnati Health Department and affiliate professor, UC Department of Sociology.
  • Shawn Ryan, MD, president and chief medical officer of BrightView.
Lunch at Kettering Lab Complex atrium will follow the panel discussion, around noon. Hosted by the MPH program.  For those who cannot attend, a live WebEx feed, (Event number: 649 137 008 Event password: MPH2018) is available, and will also be posted after the event at http://med.uc.edu/eh/divisions/publichealth
National Public Health Week has been an annual event organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 1995. The purpose is to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

For a full list of all events for the week of 4/2 – 4/6 please click here.

For questions about any of the events, contact  deltaomega.gammarho@gmail.com

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