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Rescheduling-Fall-Targeting Our West Region-Opioid Crisis in Cook County

  • 19 Mar 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital


  • 2.21.2020 through 3.8.2020
  • 2.21.2020 through 3.8.2020
  • 3.9.2020 through 3.18.2020
  • 3.9.2020 through 3.18.2020

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Targeting Our West Region-Opioid Crisis in Cook County

Thursday. March 19, 2020

5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.


Join IOMC for an exciting program with Dr. Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health at Oak Forest Health Center discussing the challenges and trends with the national opioid crisis facing many communities including the Chicago area, specifically the west region of Cook County. It is a worldwide public health problem. Illinois is one of the states hardest hit by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which claimed 1,187 lives here in 2017 — the devastating equivalent of one every seven hours. The bill had passed the U.S. Senate without a dissenting vote. So it’s perplexing that nine House Democrats from Illinois voted against the bill. More attention is needed in Cook County. 


5:00 P.M. Networkingwith Refreshments and Food

6:00 P.M. Opening Remarks

6:10 P.M. Presentation by Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH

6:25 P.M.  Respondents

6:45 P.M. Questions, Answers, and Discussion

7:00 P.M. Networking 

8:00 P.M.  Adjourn

By attending this program, you will learn how to:

  • Characterize the opioid overdose epidemic in suburban Cook County
  • Recognize the role of naloxone
  • Understand the public health case for medication-assisted treatment
  • Appreciate the role of stigma as a hindrance to the opioid overdose epidemic response  

Attend this program to learn how together we must find solutions to the opioid problem in Cook County. 


Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health, Oak Forest Health Center

Dr. Kiran Joshi currently serves as Senior Medical Officer at the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), where he oversees the department’s Behavioral Health, Chronic Disease, Communications, Community Engagement, Lead Poisoning Prevention, and Epidemiology Units. He is also an Attending Physician with the Department of Family Medicine at Stroger Hospital. Since joining CCDPH, Dr. Joshi has been responsible for supervising the development of WePlan 2020, the community health assessment and improvement plan for suburban Cook County, advancing health equity as an agency and community health priority, and co-developing the agency’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic. Dr. Joshi is also currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 


Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital

5101 Willow Springs Rd

Dixon Room A and B

La Grange, Illinois 60525

Parking is available at no cost. 

Questions? Contact us at IOMCStaff@iomc.org. 

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is an independent organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement. With the health of the public at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to meet the needs of its members and the Chicagoland community. IOMC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Visit our website at www.iomc.org

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