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Opioid Crisis Wake-Up Call Roadshow

Fixes to our health care system will ripple through generations to come, wouldn’t you like to be able to say you helped navigate the solution?

A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug tests, injuries, accidents and overdoses, according to a 2017 survey by the National Safety Council, a research and advocacy organization. The Wake-Up Call Forum will shine a spotlight on the root causes of the crisis, and more importantly, show what roles employers, public officials and civic leaders can play to solve the largest public health crisis in 100 years.

Nationally renowned health care entrepreneur, strategist and best-selling author, Dave Chase will convene with me and other Chicago-area employers, health care experts, public officials and prominent business and civic leaders to show attendees where we are, where we need to be and the roadmap to get there. Employers, civic leaders and others will learn what they can do to effectively stop the opioid crisis in its track and restore health, hope and well-being in our homes, businesses and communities.

We need your voice part of this important community conversation.

Register or learn more about the Chicago Wake-Up Call Forum at:


7:00am-7:45am Registration ~ Breakfast ~ Meet the Community Partners

7:50am-7:55am Welcome & Opening Remarks: Brian Uhlig, Emcee

8:00am-8:15am The Chicago Wake Up Call: Why We’re Here: Dima Elissa

8:20am-9:05am The Opioid Crisis Wake Up Call: Dave Chase 

9:05am-9:25am A Man in Recovery: Tim Ryan 

9:25am-9:55am Substance Abuse Treatment: How to Do It Right with Direct Primary Care: De. Alex Lickerman & Dr. Michael Sprintz 

9:55am-10:20am Networking Break ~ Meet the Community Partners ~ Book Signing 

10:25am-10:50am Evidence Based Pain Diagnosis, Classification & Treatment: Chad Gray

10:50am-11:15am Identifying Outlier Prescribers to Keep Your Community & Employees Out of Harm's Way: Mike Vasquez & Joe Teeling

11:20am-12:00pm Rebuilding Hope, Health, & Well-being in  Our Workplaces & Communities: Marilyn Bartlett, Dave Chase, Cristy Gupton & Kalli Ortega