Opioids in Kentucky: How Data and Organizational Learning Could Solve an Epidemic

Jonathan Ballard, MD, MPH will discuss current data related to the impact of the opioid epidemic on Kentucky, provide an overview of the state's response to this public health issue and share insights about additional preventive strategies to address the crisis. This free event is part of the McConnell Center’s “Future of Health Policy in the Commonwealth” public lecture series.

Since 2017, Ballard has served as state epidemiologist, leading Kentucky’s Department for Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning. He supervises the division’s control of communicable disease, disease surveillance and investigation, injury prevention and research, and vital statistics and health data.

Ballard is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and doctorate of medicine from the University of Louisville, where he graduated as a McConnell Scholar.

He also holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and a master’s of public health degree from Dartmouth College. He is a double board- certified physician in family medicine and preventative medicine.

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
2215 S. 3rd Street , Louisville, Kentucky 40208

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free, public



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