For Immediate Release: October 18, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel, Ofirah.Yheskel@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam to Host Health Care Provider Opioid Summit Following Final Stop of Grand Rounds Lecture Tour

After a series of lectures to future physicians at six Virginia medical schools, governor will address providers at Saturday summit

RICHMOND—Governor Northam will address the Health Care Provider Opioid Summit in Roanoke on Saturday, following the conclusion of his six-stop Grand Rounds lecture tour at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg on Friday. The governor began the tour of the Commonwealth’s medical schools in August to discuss the critical role future physicians will play in addressing the opioid crisis.  

On Saturday, Governor Northam will share his perspectives on the combatting drug addiction from practice to policy at the Health Care Provider Opioid Summit in Roanoke. Governor Northam and the Medical Society of Virginia have joined together to engage regional, state, and national experts in a discussion on how states, stakeholders, health care providers, and physicians can partner together to address this important challenge. Governor Northam has invited a panel of experts from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the American Medical Association, and leaders from neighboring states to a panel discussion regarding the provider role in ending the opioid crisis.

“The opioid epidemic is the greatest health challenge facing Virginia, and indeed many other states,” said Governor Northam. “We must make sure that every health care provider in Virginia is knowledgeable and prepared to play their part in fighting this crisis.”

The governor will provide welcome remarks and lead a discussion at 8:00 AM.

Final Grand Rounds Lecture
Friday, October 19th at 10:00 AM
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Second Year Classroom
2265 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

Health Care Provider Opioid Summit
Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 AM
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue Northwest
Roanoke, Virginia 24016

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