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HOW THE OPIOID CRISIS IMPACTS INDIVIDUALS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

The webinar will cover the following:
•    Dimensions of health and opioids
•    Community impact of opioids
•    What is an opioid?
•    Why is this a crisis?
•    Identifying addiction
•    Reducing stigma

Presented by: J. Michelle Sybesma, Chief of Strategy and Development, Parkdale Center for Professionals. Michelle’s 17-years of prior consulting includes many well-recognized companies and organizations. Her history offers a rich tapestry of assisting businesses with both development strategy, and an alignment for the people/process/purpose within the business of healthcare. Then as Executive Coordinator, during the formation in 2012 of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. She later went on to focus on raising Indiana’s visibility nationwide with outreach efforts focused on business and personal awareness of the impacts of this issue. Michelle is recognized at the local, state and federal level for having a style blending passion for a number of causes with that of smart long-term business decisions. She is on the board for the Indiana National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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