Diseases of Despair: The Role of Policy and Law

Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, 2018
Northeastern University 

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Anne Case and Angus Deaton shocked the world with their 2015 report that noted an increase in all-cause mortality among middle-aged white non-Hispanic men and women in the United States. This pattern is not occurring in other groups within the United States and Europe. Their report, and others since then, have linked this trend to so-called deaths of despair (death from suicide, chronic substance use and overdoses) and their linkage to other determinants of health (education, labor markets, marital patterns). A 2017 update to the report makes it clear that this trend is no longer limited to any particular geographic region within the United States.

This year’s conference and associated scholarship brought together experts, policymakers and academics to discuss the causes behind such trends, and to explore potential political, policy and legal responses for addressing broader determinants that affect the physical and mental health of Americans dying from these diseases of despair. Deeper examination into similar patterns among diverse populations, as well as analysis of continuing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, were central to the discourse.

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This Week in Health Law (TWIHL) Broadcasts Live From #DiseasesofDespair 

TWIHL, our 2018 conference podcast partner, recorded special episodes live from Diseases of Despair.  Along with TWIHL host Nicolas Terry, NUSL Professor Leo Beletsky acted as co-host and spoke with several of our conference speakers. Check out the related Bill of Health blog post for some background information on the discussions and to see a list of recommended reading. 

Episodes 136 & 137: Listen here and here!


Program

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center, Northeastern University 
1:30 - 2:30 PM

PJKOpening Remarks:
Representative Patrick Kennedy

The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the US House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 — and his brave openness about his own health challenges.

The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration in brain research. Kennedy is also the co-author of A Common Struggle, which outlines both his personal story and a bold plan for the future of mental health in America. Representative Kennedy was appointed in May 2017 to sit on the Trump administration’s Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crises.

Kennedy is living in long-term recovery from opiate addiction in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

2:30 - 4:30 PM 

Academic Paper Workshop in Collaboration with the Northeastern University Law Review 
Selected papers will be published in the Winter 2019 Issue of the Northeastern University Law Review

Moderator:
Jennifer Lea Huer
, Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Presenters:
Taleed El-Sabawi, Graduate Teaching and Research Associate, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University 
Abraham Gutman, Senior Data and Policy Analyst, Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Peter Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health 
Matthew J.B. LawrenceAssistant Professor of Law, Dickinson Law; Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University 
Elisabeth Ryan, Legal Fellow, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Public Health Law Watch: Meaningful and Effective Responses 
A Community Discussion 

This session will begin with a moderator-led discussion on how academics and lawyers can and should influence public health law and policy, with a few speakers offering their particular insights and highlighting examples of successful initiatives. Conference attendees and community members will be invited to join the open conversation that follows. 

Moderator:
Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 

Panelists:
Scott Burris, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Law, Policy, and Practice, Temple University Law School
Richard Daynard, University Distinguished Professor of Law and President, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law
Renée Landers, Professor of Law and Director, Health Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School
Elisabeth Ryan, Legal Fellow, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Friday, April 13, 2018 

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), Northeastern University 
8:00 - 8:45 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction
Jeremy Paul
, Dean and Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Wendy E. Parmet
, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Featured Speaker:

FraserDr. Michael Fraser 
Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Michael Fraser is executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASHTO), a national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the US territories and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. Prior to joining ASTHO, he served as the executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He served as CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) from 2007 to 2013.

Prior to joining AMCHP, Fraser was the deputy executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials from 2002 to 2007, and served in several capacities at the US Department of Health and Human Services, including positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration and the CDC. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master's in management, strategy and leadership from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University. He received his BA in sociology from Oberlin College in 1991. He is currently active in the American Society of Association Executives, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and is an ex-officio member of the Public Health Accreditation Board.

10:15 - 11:30  AM

Morning Plenary
Diseases of Despair: Defining the Problem

Moderator:
Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

 Panelists:
Scott Burris, Professor of Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Todd Hembree, Attorney General, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Dr. William Martin, Dean and Professor Administration, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion and Associate Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University 

11:30 - 11:45 AM

Break

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM 

Concurrent Panels I

Panel A: Opioids/ Substance Use Disorder

Moderator:
Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University 

 Panelists:
Scott Hadland, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Ayana Jordan, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Nicolas P. TerryHall Render Professor of Law and Executive Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Monique Tula, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition


Panel B: Violence

Moderator:
Dr. Gregory Curfman, Research and Publication Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Panelists:
Chaplain Clementina Chery, Founder, President, CEO, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Carlos Cuevas, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University
Bindu Kalesan, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Emily Rothman, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health


Panel C: Suicide 

Moderator:
Matthew Miller, Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

 Panelists:
Joseph Simonetti, School of Medicine, University of Colorado
Jason Smith
, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Health Sciences, California State University, East Bay
Peter Wyman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, School and Community-Based Prevention Laboratory, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Lunch

Luncheon Speaker:
BotticelliMichael Botticelli
Executive Director, The Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, Boston Medical Center; former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama Administration

Michael Botticelli is the executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center and a Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Previously, Botticelli was director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for the Obama administration from 2014 through January 2017. He joined the ONDCP as deputy director in 2012. Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services for the commonwealth. He also forged strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs.

Mr. Botticelli holds a BA from Siena College and a MEd from St. Lawrence University. He is also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder.

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Afternooon Plenary
Disparate Discourses: The Persistence of Racial and Gender Disparities in Diseases of Despair

Moderator:
Jennifer Lea Huer, Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

 
Panelists:
Brietta ClarkAssociate Dean for Faculty, Professor of Law, and J. Rex Dibble Fellow, Loyola Law School
Renée LandersProfessor of Law and Director, Health Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School
Lindsey Cei Vuolo, Associate Director, Health Law and Policy, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

3:45 - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Panels II

Panel A: State and Local Innovations

Moderator:
Jennifer Lea Huer, Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

 Panelists:
Julia Costich, Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Kentucky College of Public Health 
Katie Garfield, Staff Attorney, Health Law and Policy Clinic, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School 
Jessica Mantel, Associate Professor, Co-Director, Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center
David Rochefort, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University 


Panel B:  Medical-Legal Partnerships

Moderator:
Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University School of Law

 Panelists:
Tamar Ezer, Lecturer in Law, Associate Research Scholar in Law and Schell Visiting Human Rights Scholar, Yale Law School
JoHanna Flacks, Legal Director, MLPB
Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School; Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health


Panel C:  Medicaid Innovation

Moderator:
Jean McGuire, Professor of Practice, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

 Panelists:
Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program
Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors 
Sidney Watson, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Closing Reception

With Thanks to Our 2018 Conference Sponsors: 

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The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

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