Opioid Use Disorder Webinar Series

Opioid Use Disorder: How to Reduce Harm through Partnership and Collaboration

Webinar 1: Harm Reduction

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

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The first webinar in the series “Opioid Use Disorder: How to Reduce Harm through Partnership and Collaboration” sponsored by the ICEP Social EM Committee.


Jen Andel, BA, CADC

Kathryn Basques, APRN, MSW

Henry Swoboda, MD

As the Overdose Prevention Specialist for Chicago Recovery Alliance, I strive to be an advocate and educator on the importance of harm reduction services in our communities. My involvement with CRA began about 15 years ago when I was a participant receiving safe using supplies, which likely kept me safe and healthy. Now, 11 years into recovery, I am a CADC and am currently pursuing my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My goal is to utilize my personal experience, along with my education, to spread the message about the positive outcomes of harm reduction on the individual and community.

Kathryn Basques, APRN, MSW is a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in Addiction Medicine and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. After completing her education at Yale School of Nursing, she started her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital as the first nurse practitioner on a pro-active psychiatric consult service. From 2015-2020, she worked at Rush University Medical Center as the Co- Director of the Substance Use Intervention Team (SUIT) and dedicated herself to promoting early identification of substance use disorders, implementation of an SBIRT model of care on the inpatient units and improving the management of opioid and alcohol withdrawal syndromes. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and faculty for the Addiction Medicine and Psychosomatic Medicine fellowships. Following her time at Rush, Kathryn spent one year working in Camden, NJ at Cooper Health System in a combined role of inpatient addiction medicine consult service and a low barrier, outpatient, walk-in bridge clinic. In November 2021, Kathryn started a new position in the Lifespan Hospital System in Providence, RI where she works in a combined inpatient and outpatient clinical role, while working to advocate for advancing Harm Reduction in the clinical setting. She is a Teaching Associated at Brown University. Dr. Swoboda is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and also works for the Ontario Poison Center.  He recently began this position after leaving Chicago where he had worked for the Illinois Poison Center and Rush Medical College as an assistant professor of emergency medicine and psychiatry, founding and leading a multidisciplinary addiction medicine consult service and clinic. Dr Swoboda Chas a clinical focus on acute care toxicology and improving the provision of care to patients with substance use disorders in the emergency department and inpatient settings; he is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology and addiction medicine.

Webinar 2: Naloxone Webinar

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This second webinar covers naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdose. Panel members will discuss its use in emergency departments, its place in the community, and how the two environments can work together. Members from the health department will present the state’s vision and DOPP, a distribution program to distribute naloxone throughout Illinois.

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Steve Aks, DO Fryda Enriquez

Nicole Gastala, MD

Kathleen Monahan, MPH

Bio coming Bio coming Dr. Gastala is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Iowa. In her clinical role, she has developed and expanded MAR by mentoring new prescribers, precepting residents, and training clinicians within the Chicago and Illinois communities.  She has also focused on the development of a walk-in integrated behavioral health, addiction, and primary care program within her FQHC system. In January 2021, Dr Gastala joined the team at the Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division of IDHS as the medical director. Kathleen Monahan, MPH, works for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance use Prevention and Recovery as the Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded State Opioid Response grant. Kathleen has a 25+ year career in public health policy development and has worked at the community, state and national levels to create change. She has consulted on strategic planning and data sharing across systems, as well as extensive work on gun violence and injury prevention.

Upcoming webinars:

5/24 from 12-1:30 – The third and final session will discuss medication assisted treatment (MAT) and its role in the ED treatment of opioid use disorder. Panel members will examine the pros and cons of available medications, tools needed to practice MAT in your ED, potential barriers to MAT and how to overcome them, and available resources that can support your practice.

Dr. Mike Nelson
Dr. Steve Holtsford
Peter Moinichen
Dr. Quincy Moore (moderator)

Registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fgY94VVOSmyYEe-0dqmjNg

*More information to come*

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