Policy Forum: Combating Minnesota's Opioid Epidemic

MILI Policy Forum


Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

Combating Minnesota's Opioid Epidemic is a one-day policy forum convening public and private stakeholders in Minnesota and at the federal level to discuss how to collaboratively build upon current federal, state, and local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.  We hope to identify policy gaps, overlaps, successes and needs.

Hosted by University of Minnesota Carlson School's Medical Industry Leadership Institute, in joint partnership with Leavitt Partners, University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA), School of Public Health's Division of Health Policy and Management, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota Law School and Mayo Clinic's Kern Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery. 


The Legislative Spotlight with Rep. Baker and Rep. Olson is featured on KSTP. 

Watch the news story here


View Session Presentations

Prof. Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Carlson School of Management - Opening Remarks

Dr. Marta Sokolowska, FDA - Federal Policy Panel

CAPT Jeffrey Coady, SAMHSA - Federal Policy Panel

Colin Planalp, SHADAC - Minnesota Data

Dr. Amy Burt, UCare - Payer Perspectives Panel

Dr. Patrick Gleason, Prime Therapeutics - Payer Perspective Panel

Dr. Virginia Kakacek, HealthPartners - Payer Perspectives Panel

Concluding Remarks and Summary




  • Erik Paulsen, Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • CAPT Jeffrey Coady, PsyD, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Marta Sokolowska, PhD, Associate Director for Controlled Substances, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Moderator: Ralph Hall, JD, Principal, Leavitt Partners, Professor of Practice, University of Minnesota Law School

Minnesota Data

  • Colin Planalp, Senior Research Fellow, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)

Legislative Spotlight

  • Rep. Dave Baker (R), Representative, MN House of Representatives
  • Rep. Liz Olson (DFL), Representative, MN House of Representatives

Moderated: Tom Hauser, Chief Political Reporter, KSTP

Local and Tribal Policy

  • Jackie Dionne, Director of American Indian Health/Tribal Liaison, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Noya Woodrich, ABD, Deputy Commissioner, Health Department, City of Minneapolis
  • Toddrick Barnette, JD, Assistant Chief Judge, Minnesota Judicial Branch

Moderator: Harold Tu, MD, DMD, Associate Professor, Director of Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

  • Antony Stately, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Community Clinic
  • Halena Gazelka, MD, Chair of Mayo Clinic Enterprise Opioid Stewardship Program, Mayo Clinic
  • Joseph Bianco, MD, Director of Primary Care, Essentia Health
  • Tyler Winkelman, MD, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare

Moderator: Kathryn Nixdorf, MD, Pain Management Specialist, Fairview

  • Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement
  • Mark Steffen, MD, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield 

Moderator: Archelle Georgiou, MD, Industry Advisor, Executive in Residence, MILI, Carlson School of Management

  • Amy Burt, DO, Medical Director, UCare
  • Anne Marie Polak, JD, Senior Director, Leavitt Partners
  • Patrick Gleason, PharmD, Assistant Vice President, Health Outcomes, Prime Therapeutics
  • Virginia Kakacek, MD, Medical Director, HealthPartners

Moderator: Archelle Georgiou, MD, Industry Advisor, Executive in Residence, MILI, Carlson School of Management

  • Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director, Steve Rummler Hope Network
  • Phil Rutherford, Director of Operations, Faces and Voices of Recovery
  • Wendy Jones, Executive Director, Minnesota Recovery Connection 

Moderator: Elisha Friesema, President, MILI Affiliates Board, Founder & Principal Consultant, EMF Consulting

Sen. Klobuchar Welcome

Watch Senator Amy Klobuchar welcome the attendees of the 2019 Opioid Policy Forum.  


Carlson School of Management 

3M Auditorium 

321 19th Avenue South 

Minneapolis, MN  55455


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