Call for Abstracts – National Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Providers

The Inaugural National Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Providers

September 26-28, 2018

Healthcare providers across multiple professions have high rates of burnout, depression and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. The mental and physical well-being of healthcare providers has been linked to healthcare quality, safety and patient outcomes. This national forum, sponsored by all seven health sciences colleges and the College of Social Work at Ohio State, will focus on enhancing wellness and resilience as well as healthy lifestyle behaviors in healthcare providers and health professions students. Evidence-based practices and research to improve outcomes will be highlighted as well as strategies for integrating health and well-being in health sciences academic programming. Click here to see the confirmed keynote/plenary speakers.

Submit an abstract in one of the following categories to be considered for a concurrent oral session or poster presentation:

  • Promoting well-being/healthy lifestyle behaviors in healthcare professionals
  • Promoting well-being/healthy lifestyle behaviors in health sciences students/faculty
  • System-wide initiatives to enhance wellness cultures
  • Innovations to promote well-being, resilience and healthy lifestyle behaviors

Submissions must include the following information:

  • Title of submission
  • Abstract (limited to 300 words), which includes the following headings:
  • Background/significance of the problem
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Results (for innovation abstracts, these may not yet be available, but include a plan for outcomes evaluation)
  • Implications for linking evidence to action in the real world or in future research

Presentations will take place on September 27 and 28. They need to be 30 minutes in length, including five to 10 minutes for question and answer discussion.

The application deadline is March 30, 2018. An email confirmation of receipt will be sent. An expert panel will review all applications received by the deadline. Notification of results will be conducted by email to the primary contact listed on the submission by April 30, 2018. Confirmation of acceptance is needed no later than May 31, 2018.

Abstracts must be submitted online using the application form.



Conference and hotel information coming soon!
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RO 2018 Conference – April 8, 2018

Click Here for: Online Registration
Conference Location
***Please note the conference location has changed***
The Makoy Center, 5462 N. Center Street, Hilliard Ohio, 43026
The Makoy Center website:

Conference Presenters
Presenter: Dr. Kevin McCauley
Emerging from the Darkness: The End of the Drug War and the Rise of Recovery
Program objectives:
1. Describe historic events in the genesis, societal patterns of rejection, tolerance and acceptance, and recognition and treatment of addictions, both in the public and health professions.
2. Describe the complex nature of addiction and recovery and how this both conflicts with and supports the concept of addiction as a disease, often amenable to pharmacotherapy.
3. Identify methods to develop addiction recovery resources in local communities utilizing existing support structures, including the expertise of pharmacists, and discuss potential challenges that may be encountered.

Presenter: Dr. Kevin McCauley
Introduction to Addictive Disorders: Understanding Impairment, Effective Intervention and Safe Monitoring to Preserve Lives and Careers
Program objectives:
1. Define “substance use disorder”, describe the common pathophysiology of addictive disorders and explain how symptoms such as impulsive and compulsive drug use, impaired decision-making, and loss of insight into personal problems arise from this pathophysiology.
2. Identify the complexity of issues surrounding substance use disorders and demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based therapies with personal experience to challenge common misperceptions regarding addiction and defend nuanced and cogent appraisals of such issues.
3. Recognize stigma to transcend common emotional reactions regarding addictive behavior. and advocate humane and effective courses of action when dealing with impaired patients and professional colleagues.
4. Identify the risk of harm both to the affected individual and to others as a result of addictive disorders, and suggest recommendations that can ameliorate risk . preserve life, maintain quality of care, and demonstrate definitive yet compassion behavior to other professionals.

Presenter: Dr. Donald Sullivan
2018 Update on Ohio Pharmacy Drug Law

Presenter: TBD
Personal Story of Recovery

For more info contact Dave Merk R.Ph. – E-Mail:



2018 National Meeting Call for Proposals Open!

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery is greatly looking forward to our upcoming 2018 National Meeting: Implementing Change in Urgent Times to take place October 15-18 2018 at The Ohio State University. The 2018 National Meeting offers practitioners, student affairs professionals, faculty and students the training and tools necessary to strengthen alcohol and drug misuse prevention, intervention and recovery at their college, university or community.

The 2018 National Meeting Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice. “Implementing Change in Urgent Times” highlights the critical need to use best practices in implementation science to move campus resources towards effective change. Three main elements are implicit within this theme:

(1) understanding the urgent need
(2) selection and adaptation of evidence-based responses, and
(3) successfully implementing and evaluating programs, policies and practices in a sustainable and impactful way.

View Full Call for Proposals

Submit Your Proposals

Learn More about NM2018!

Save the date – 19th Annual Summer Program in Population Health

Save the date!

June 18-22, 2018
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
OSU Campus

Advancing workforce education for a healthier nation

Communities all over the U.S. face challenges that threaten the health and well-being of our friends, family and neighbors: from opiate addiction to infant mortality.

The Summer Program in Population Health provides practitioners a week of education and training from national experts confronting today’s serious public health issues.

Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

Presented by the Center for Public Health Practice at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, with support from the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resources Center.

Innovate Conference Accepting Proposals

The Innovate conference is Friday, May 11, 2018. This annual conference is hosted by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, and brings together educators, administrators and tech industry enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada to explore recent advancements and best practices in teaching and learning with technology.

We are accepting proposals from those who want to present at this year’s conference; our RFP is open now through Friday, February 2. I’m hoping you would share this information with your audiences for them to consider. Our theme in 2018 is “Forward,” and we’ll explore the future of teaching and learning through three threads: access, technology and learning environments.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Monique Bowman at Below are links to additional information should you or your colleagues need it. Thank you!

NEW! Pharmacy-Based Care for Underserved Populations Training Program

This innovative and interactive training program will enable pharmacists to provide the highest level of care to meet the needs of underserved populations in Ohio and beyond. This practice-based training will provide knowledge, resources and ideas to provide direct patient care to underserved populations. Participants will also hear from experts in the field and create an action plan to develop and implement innovative services.

This 15-hour CE certificate program (10.5 hours of self-study and 4.5 hours of a live seminar) is offered at a special introductory rate of $100 for pharmacists and $50 for residents and students.

For complete information and topic details, view the event webpage here.

Live session dates:

  • January 26, 2018
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • February 20, 2018
    Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
  • March 2, 2018
    NEOMED, Rootstown, OH
  • May 17, 2018
    Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
  • June 2018
    Ohio University, Athens, OH

This training program was supported by the Cooperative Agreement number, NU58DP004820, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

The College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Questions about pharmacists’ participation in the program and continuing education credit should be addressed to Ashley Knackstedt at or (614)-688-4420.

Schweitzer Fellowship Details

Thank you to everyone who came to informational session about the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program, a chapter of the national Schweitzer Fellowship. The program was recorded and can be viewed at this link.

The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program seeks to build leaders in service who are dedicated to working with the underserved.  From May 2018 until April 2019 Schweitzer Fellows will design and implement 200-hour community service projects that address local unmet health-related needs and participate in other Fellowship activities.

  • 12-18 graduate and professional students will be selected from OSU, Ohio University, and other Columbus-area colleges
  • Fellows can be from a broad range of disciplines including the health sciences, social work, divinity studies, law, education, engineering, and others
  • Open to students enrolled full or part-time in a graduate and professional degree program
  • Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend in two installments
  • Applications are due February 13, 2018

Press releases about past pharmacy projects:

New Schweitzer Fellows To Expand Blood Pressure Management Services to the Underserved

Pharmacy Celebrates Its Schweitzer Fellows

Future Pharmacist Named Schweitzer Fellow

Feel free to contact pharmacy faculty who have been mentors for past students projects:
Dr. Anna Haas-Gehres 
Dr. Deb Barnette
Dr. Jen Rodis 

For more information from the Schweitzer Program directors:
Maria F. Gallo, PhD –
Elizabeth M. Fitzgerald, EdD, RN, PMHCNS-BC –

Two learning opportunities from the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching

“Open Educational Resources for Affordable Learning” Reading Group

 When: November 7, 2017 at 9:30am – 11:00am
Where: Barbie Tootle Room | Ohio Union

This reading group will meet on November 7, 14, 21, and 28. Join us as we discuss selections from two open digital books that explore the cost of higher education (“Paying the Price” by Sarah Goldrick-Rab) and how use of open educational resources is one strategy that instructors can employ to overcome financial barriers (“Open” by Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener). We are excited to team up with staff from ODEE as we explore the importance of providing affordable course material as a way to eliminate barriers for many of our students. Both books are both available for free and once you’ve registered, you will receive details on how to access them. Registration for the group is limited to 12 people.

Register here.

Valuing the Cost: When Financial Responsibility Impacts Student Learning

When: November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: 150 Younkin Success Center

Many of our students report that after paying for tuition, room and board, they cannot buy books or sometimes even food. About 15 percent of Ohio State students reported that they lacked reliable access to affordable, nutritious food from week to week. In this interactive performance-based workshop, participants will engage in discussion about how financial instability and food insecurity impact students in our classrooms. How can instructors consider these realities in course management, structure, and even content-building? InterACT is a theatre-based ensemble that uses interactive techniques to assist participants in developing success strategies and problem-solving common classroom scenarios.

Register here.

Indian Health Service Pharmacy Residency Applications NOW OPEN

The IHS Pharmacy Residency Program is now accepting applications October 16th – December 15th, 2017 for over 20 PGY1 and two PGY2 programs. The application instructions are posted here:

The application involves multiple steps:

Section A: Info that goes to the Residency Program Directors at the sites

Section B: USAJobs application…this link will be posted to the website and closes on December 15.

Section C: Reference forms to be sent to CAPT Rebecca Reyes Rebecca.Reyes@IHS.GOV