CDUHR AIDS Seminar: The Opioid Overdose Epidemic in NYC and Public Health Responses

November 13

715 Broadway, 12th Floor, Room 1221

Please join us for a CDUHR AIDS Seminar featuring guest speaker Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH. Dr. Hillary Kunins will discuss the opioid overdose epidemic in NYC, NYC responses, and challenges and opportunities for researchers.

Hillary Kunins, MD, MPH, is the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and a general internist and addiction medicine physician. Since 2012, when Dr. Kunins joined DOHMH, she has led the Department’s efforts to promote public health approaches to reducing the health and social consequences of drug and alcohol use in NYC, including prevention of opioid overdose and prescription opioid misuse, and binge and excessive alcohol use; best practices in integrating substance use care into health care systems, and strengthening the continuum of services to address the needs of New Yorkers with substance use disorders. Dr. Kunins serves as the DOHMH lead for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 60 million dollar citywide opioid initiative, HealingNYC.

Before joining DOHMH, Dr. Kunins worked in the Bronx for 16 years providing primary and addiction-related care to patients in both community health centers and in substance use disorder treatment programs. Dr. Kunins served as Medical Director of the Hub 2 Methadone Maintenance Program, in the Division of Substance Abuse at Einstein (2000-2003); Founder and Director of Project GROW – HIV prevention for women with substance use disorders (2003-2012) and Director of the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2007-2012). She has been a Principal or Co-Investigator of foundation and federal grants related to buprenorphine treatment in primary care, disparities in substance use service utilization, and medical education/training to promote quality care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Kunins received her MD and MPH from Columbia University and her MS in Clinical Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kunins is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Family & Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fellow of American College of Physicians, and Fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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