Health 2.0 12/8 5-8pm – Opioid Epidemic – RSVP by 12/1

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We are pleased to invite you to a timely and important Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event, “The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Technology Solutions.”

Meeting Date and Time

Thursday, December 8, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


QI2T Center

Centre City Tower, Suite 2600

650 Smithfield Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The goal of this Health 2.0 Pittsburgh event is to share ideas among all participants about the frontier of technology in response to the opioid overdose epidemic in our community.

Opiate-related overdoses have tripled since 2000, and in Pennsylvania, we experienced the third highest number of opioid deaths in the country in 2014 (2,732 deaths). Western Pennsylvania had six of the ten counties with the highest drug-related deaths rates in Pennsylvania. In Allegheny County between 2008 and 2014, 1,355 residents died from an opiate-related overdose. These deaths increased from 168 in 2008 to 241 in 2014, and the rates continue to climb. Stakeholders are developing and implementing action plans to respond to the issue, including the distribution of naloxone, the Centers of Excellence Health Homes for opioid-related substance use disorders, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and medication-assisted treatment. (For additional information, please see the Allegheny County report ( and the Institute of Politics report (

Following a networking session at the QI2T Center, Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, will frame the opioid overdose epidemic in Allegheny County. We will then hear how Pittsburgh-based Jarus Health Technologies and Denver-based myStrength are designing mobile applications to help families, patients, and providers stem the rising opiate-related overdoses.

Venkat Narayanan, CEO of Jarus Health Technologies, LLC, will demonstrate a prototype smart phone app that helps link people who are overdosing to naloxone. Venkat will also present Jarus Health Technologies’ ideas for apps to connect people to substance abuse treatment and harm-reduction strategies.

Chuck Tepper, VP of Public Partnerships for myStrength, a behavioral health technology company, will present resources for chronic pain and opioid management, complementing their existing applications for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. MyStrength’s interactive web and mobile applications are designed to scale mental health resources by delivering online evidence-based self-help tools, extending treatment, and empowering people with resources offered through a HIPAA-compliant platform.

After the demos, Jan Pringle, PhD, Director of the Program Evaluation and Resource Unit at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will summarize the major game changers and pose thought-provoking questions to engage us all in a lively exchange of ideas with the following panelists who provide perspectives from the County, providers, and families.

Marc Cherna, Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Stuart Fisk, CRNP, MSN, Director of the Center for Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network

Charlene Tissenbaum, consumer advocate

We hope you will be able to attend this event, and network with a diverse mix of technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders, healthcare providers, administrators, public health leaders, students, and theme-specific stakeholders.

Please RSVP by Thursday, December 1st by contacting Ben Johnston at [masked] or[masked]. Space is limited, and we will be accepting RSVPs on a first come, first serve basis. If your plans change after RSVP’ing, please let us know, so we may accommodate others.


Robert Ferguson

Director of Government Grants and Policy

About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh

Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to contemporary, important community health issues through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. During the events, topic experts and a mix of students, funders, technology developers, and entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the issue, and showcase technology solutions that match the issue.