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LG Health and regional health care providers host September community event to address opioid crisis

8/24/2017 6:08:02 PM

The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition will host a community awareness and education event at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at The Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg.

This event will focus on how the community of health care providers and pharmacists are working together to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin.

This event is open to first responders, schools, health service providers, social service agencies, and employers.

“We are excited and encouraged by the depth of collaboration by all hospitals and health systems in south central Pennsylvania,” said Robert Shipp, RN vice president, population health strategies, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. “Opioid addiction affects all sectors of society and does not discriminate. When communities work together, we become stronger in the process and connect in ways that will protect health and promote well-being for all.”

For more information and to RSVP: https://www.haponline.org/Event-Details/id/224

The event agenda is as follows:

  • 7:30 am - Registration and breakfast
  • 8 am -  Presentations begin

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Last month the coalition unveiled a website, www.opioidaware.org which includes resources and information for community members. Visit to learn more.

About the South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition

The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition is comprised of health systems; hospitals; medical and behavioral health providers; pharmacists; and health care professional associations and organizations. Collaborative membership spans Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, as well as The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, to address the opioid addiction and heroin crisis through awareness, education and action.

South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition member organizations include:

  • Geisinger Holy Spirit
  • Hanover Hospital
  • Heart of Lancaster Medical Center and Lancaster Regional Medical Center
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • The Lancaster County Pharmacists Association
  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Physicians’ Alliance Ltd.
  • PinnacleHealth
  • Summit Health
  • WellSpan Health


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