Upcoming Webinar

The Opioid Crisis as a Syndemic: Engaging Patients and Providers in Community-Based Solutions 


Presented by:

Denise C. Tahara, PhD


The National Academy of Medicine has estimated that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a staggering annual cost of over $635 billion. Additionally, two million Americans are abusing or dependent upon prescription opioids annually. We need a differently designed solution to the challenges of pain management, and it requires use of strategic design and systems thinking tools and methods. Our systems of care must be designed to enable patients and their families to improve their well-being health, safety, and sense of agency, while simultaneously supporting behavioral change; both provider and patient based.

Learning Objectives

1.  Discover SDOH factors that support opioid dependency and abuse and the challenges to addressing them.

2.  Define what is systems thinking and how it can be applied to population-based health.

3.  Design population-directed interventions: one size does not fit all.

4.  Use strategic design to deliver user-focused solutions that engage patients, providers, and communities in health and wellness.

Participants will receive a brief pre-test / post-test questionnaire before and after this webinar.

Date:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Bios

Dr. Denise Tahara is an Associate Professor and Director of MPH Studies in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College.  Before joining the college, she was an independent consultant working to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery systems.  Systems thinking and performance improvement continue to be her primary area of research.  Other areas of research include improving birth outcomes and maternal health through preconception healthcare, pediatric obesity, educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices and increasing sustainability practices in the healthcare industry.  Dr. Tahara received her BS from Cornell University, her MBA and Ph.D. from New York University and her CPA from New York State. 

Dr. Alex Cahana is the Director of Medical Affairs at the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) and works with State and Federal agencies on policies to improve pain management and reduce opioid-related deaths. He is a Subject Matter Expert for the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration and consults multiple national and international companies on how to integrate digital technologies into healthcare.  Dr. Cahana is a Professor of Science, Technology and Health Studies at the University of Washington and teaches Healthcare Redesign as a visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  Dr. Cahana received multiple awards, among them -- the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Best Practice, the Association of American Medical Colleges Innovation Health Care award, and the University of Washington President’s medal for remarkable leadership, social impact and public service.



Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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