US Surgeon General to speak at U-M on opioid epidemic

March 12, 2018


DATE: 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018

EVENT: Jerome Adams, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, will headline a 90-minute event titled “Better Health Through Better Partnerships.”

Adams, who took office in September after serving as the health commissioner of the state of Indiana and faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will speak with both personal and professional experience on the issue of opioid addiction.

An anesthesiologist by training, he has spoken publicly of his own brother’s struggle with substance use disorders and how addiction has impacted his life. In addition to his role as a public leader on important health issues, Adams oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 600 locations around the world.

The U-M event will begin with an introduction from Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Then, Adams will sit down with John Ayanian, director of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, to answer questions in a ‘fireside chat’ format.

They’ll then be joined onstage by Joneigh Khaldun, director of the Detroit Health Department, and two U-M professors who have led research and public policy efforts on opioids: Chad Brummett of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing and Engagement Network, and Rebecca Cunningham, director of the U-M Injury Prevention Center and associate vice president for research for health sciences.

Members of the audience will also have a chance to ask Adams and the panelists questions. Twitter users can follow highlights, and contribute observations and questions using the hashtag #ihpi18.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for both in-person attendance and online viewing. A reception will follow.

PLACE: Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor

INFORMATION: Register to attend at Register to watch at Details, including map and parking/transportation options:

SPONSOR: U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. More about IHPI, which connects more than 540 U-M faculty involved in health services research and health policy work: