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.

UC in the News

News Releases


Training UC students to treat substance use disorders

February 8, 2019

The UC College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services are collaborating on a program to teaching Social Work and Counseling graduate students about treating substance use disorders.


UC team uses design to combat opioid crisis

January 22, 2019

Like many cities across the country, Cincinnati has been rocked by the opioid epidemic, with an ever-fluctuating range of 50 to 80 overdoses per week across the Tristate. Many of those victims are revived by the overdose reversal medication, naloxone, which has proven to be a crucial lifesaving tool during this crisis. Claudia Rebola, graduate studies coordinator in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), designed a device to make naloxone more accessible to those in need, bringing a model she helped create first in Providence, Rhode Island, to spaces in Cincinnati that are most at risk.

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