1. Wolverine Caucus – Removing the Opioid Epidemic In Our Communities: How evidence-based approaches could save lives!

    Mark Rivett posted January 24, 2019

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building, 5th Floor, Room 5550
    201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    The opioid epidemic continues to be a national emergency. Michigan set a new record for overdose deaths in 2018—an alarming trend that is predicted to continue for several years to come. Opioids are commonly prescribed after both minor and major surgical proce- dures for pain management. Overprescribing is a widespread problem and contributes to the opioid crisis currently claiming 134 American lives every day. With up to 92% of patients having leftover opioids after common operations, millions of pills are left vulner- able to diversion into our communities. The impact is acute in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. Understanding the many complex issues related to opioid overuse and overdose is extremely important in developing effective policy. Please join us to hear from an informative panel of experts from the University of Michigan who will discuss their research and recommendations for policy changes that could help Michigan stem the tide in this growing opioid crisis.

    Featured speakers:

    Romesh Nalliah

    Dr. Romesh Nalliah is the Director for Clinical Education at the U-M School of Dentistry and Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry. He will discuss trends in opioid prescribing and overuse in dentistry and state and national level research related to prescribing and treatment. He will also discuss how opioid prescribing during the acute care period among those patients not using opioids has the greatest potential to reduce the number of new chronic opioid users and minimize unintended distribution of prescription opioids into communities.

    Dr. Michael Englesbe co-directs the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, Michigan OPEN. He will discuss the unique opportunities provided by collaborative quality initiatives (CQIs) in Michigan. CQIs are statewide, physician-led networks that are devoted to improving the care of patients in Michigan’s major hospitals and surgical specialties. Michigan OPEN partners with them to gather data and implement change to transform surgical pain management and curb opioid misuse.

    Dr. Rebecca Haffajee is the Policy Analysis Activities Lead, Policy Workgroup, Outreach and Translation Core, at the U-M Injury Prevention Center. She will discuss trends in state and national- level policies related to opioid prescribing and treatment, and the evidence base for several prominent state policies that target opioid misuse and overdose, prescription drug monitoring programs, pain clinic regulation and naloxone access laws.

    Panel Moderator: Dr. Chad Brummett is Associate professor of Anesthesiology and co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, Michigan OPEN


  2. Wolverine Caucus: Changing Course In International Trade Policy — Implications for Michigan, the United States, and the World

    Mark Rivett posted November 20, 2018

    Tuesday, January 23, 2019

    Featured speaker:
    Alan V. Deardorff
    John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor of Public Policy

    Anderson House Office Bldg, Mackinac Room, 5th Floor
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Alan V. Deardorff

    Alan V. Deardorff, John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics; Professor of Public Policy

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    President Donald Trump has tackled international trade policy during his second year in of office, just as he promised he would during his 2016 election campaign. Tariffs on steel and aluminum from various countries, exports from China, and potentially on automobiles and supply chains are having an effect – including the likelihood that consumers at home will see rising prices in the months and years to come. Renegotiated trade agreements made with South Korea, Mexico, and Canada will also change trade outcomes and could in influence corporate decision making in the manufacturing of goods and products. Please join us for an enlightening presentation by Professor Alan Deardorff who will explore these and other changes taking place in trade policy, and their likely implications for Michigan, the United States, and the world!

    Alan V. Deardorff is the John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor of Public Policy. His research focuses on international trade. Dr. Deardorff and Bob Stern have developed the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade, which is used to estimate the effects of trade agreements. He is also doing theoretical work in international trade and trade policy. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, State, and Treasury and to international organizations including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank. Dr. Deardorff received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.


  3. Halloween Treats in Detroit

    Mark Rivett posted October 31, 2018
    Dylan Smith

    Dylan Smith, PhD in applied physics, gives candy to The Incredible Hulk

    On October 30th, UM State Outreach provided a ‘trunk’ for the American Indian Health & Family Services (AIHFS) ‘Trunk or Treat’ event in Detroit. UM staff, Dana Sitzler and Steve Erskine, UM students Dylan Smith and Gabby May and EMU students Alex Ford and Tom Klemm participated in the family oriented evening. There was a bouncy house, games and face painting followed by the key attraction, trick or treating at the decorated vehicles in the parking lot for healthy treats. There was a car decorated with a circus theme, Peter Rabbit in his garden gave out carrots, and of course the UM vehicle where a ‘go blue’ was sure to get a goody.

    The university has an on-going relationship with AIHFS through the state outreach office and its work with the Tribal Health Directors consortium. University of Michigan students have served as interns and volunteers for the organization for many years. American Indian Health & Family Services is a non-profit health center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native individuals, families and other underserved populations in southeast Michigan through culturally grounded health and family services.


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