The Heller School for Social Policy and Management


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Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts

September 6, 2019
8:00 am - 12:15 pm
UMass Campus Center Auditorium (First Floor)
1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA

Join us on Friday, September 6, 2019 at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium for a forum, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts.” This forum will focus on the numerous ways in which the opioid crisis has impacted Western Massachusetts, with particular attention paid to the social and economic consequences for small and rural communities. Unique challenges and innovative solutions will be highlighted.

This work is supported through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, and Baystate Health.  The issue brief is being produced in collaboration with the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC).

A continental breakfast will be served during registration between 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Issue Brief

Constance M. Horgan, Sc.D. and Robert Bohler, MPH

Forum Recordings:


Part 1: Research Panel

Part 2: Stakeholders Panel

Forums by Category

Healthy Aging

Overweight and Obesity

Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Medicaid/Insurance Reform


Public Health

Oral Health

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