Dr. David Williams will discuss the use of data for early warning of illicit opioid harms for the purpose of informing public health interventions to reduce the burden of illness of opioid use. He will outline initiatives to gather, collate and analyze data at the provincial level and describe provincially- led and supported harm reduction activities. A coordinated, integrated approach from all levels of government, and across diverse sectors and geographies is essential to qualitatively and quantitatively understand the issues; develop and implement interventions; and evaluate and continually improve programs and processes.
Offering an example from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, Dr. Kieran Moore will discuss local efforts at creating an early warning system and situational awareness for opioid and other drug use.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• describe how data can be collected and used to inform public health action to reduce harm from opioid use
• differentiate between surveillance and early warning systems and types of information sources required for each
• describe components and partners of a local early warning system.
Presenters: Dr. David Willians & Dr. Kieran Moore
Dr. David Williams is Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Provincial Overdose Coordinator.
Previously, he served as Medical Officer of Health for Thunder Bay District Health Unit, and held the position of Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from 2005 to 2011. During this time he was also Ontario’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health from November 2007 to June of 2009.
Prior to entering the public health field, Dr. Williams practiced as a GP and GP Anaesthetist at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital and also in International Health at the United Mission to Nepal Mission Hospital, Tansen Nepal.
Dr. Kieran Moore is the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac , Lennox and Addington Public Health. He is also a Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine at Queen’s University, Canada. Dr. Moore has extensive experience in surveillance systems for bioterrorism and outbreak detection, public health, pre-hospital care, and multidisciplinary research projects. He is currently director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Queen’s University.
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