Track 1: Building and Sustaining Resilient Communities
Part A: Together, we can get this done : An Analysis of Pennsylvania's Approach to the Opioid Crisis
In January 2018, Governor Tom Wolf took the unusual step of declaring the Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania a “Disaster.”
This effort, led by the PA DOH, allowed for unprecedented coordination and collaboration between 11 different state-level agencies from various disciplines.
This presentation will delve into successes as well as challenges.
Part B: When Should a Public Health Crisis be Declared an Emergency? A Look at Using Emergency Powers to Combat Public Health Issues Like the Opioid Crisis.
Using the opioid overdose crisis as a case study, this presentation examines state emergency powers, their practical use in combating opioid overdoses, and potential impacts emergency declarations may have on combating this and other public health crises.