Opioid Task Force

Our Mission

The University of Cincinnati/ UC Health Opioid Task Force will demonstrate its commitment to this significant public health issue by bringing together researchers, educators, clinicians and leaders/advocates who are dedicated to having a positive impact on opioid addiction locally, regionally and nationally.

Our Activities

  • Aligning expertise and resources to be competitive for research opportunities to continue as a national leader in opioid-related research.
  • Formalizing pathways to care across our health care systems, clinics, programs and agencies.
  • Advocating for best practices in evidence-based treatments and prevention.
  • Enhancing interprofessional training of health care providers and students about innovative approaches to the identification and treatment of chronic pain and opioid addiction.
  • Improving the health of our community through partnerships and engagement.

Our People and Partners

  • In April 2017, our task force was formed, with co-chairs:
    • Neil MacKinnon, PhD, Dean,  James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
    • Melissa DelBello, MD, Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • and created the following four working groups:
    • Interprofessional Research: Chair - Theresa Winhusen, PhD
    • Interprofessional Education: Chair – Kelly Lyle, MHA, MS
    • Interprofessional Practice: Chairs – Rick Ryan, MD;  Christine Wilder, MD;  Stewart Wright, MD
    • Community Outreach and Engagement: Chairs - Mike Carroll, with support from the UC Academic Health Center and UC Health Communication Teams
  • Over 70 faculty and clinicians have joined the task force.

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