Opioid Crisis Education to Highlight NYITCOM at A-State ‘D.O. Day’

JONESBORO, AR – As the opioid epidemic poses ever-growing challenges for physicians across the country, student doctors from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will spend Wednesday morning (March 4) hearing from state officials and medical professionals who are driving policy and leading system change on the opioid front in Arkansas. The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arkansas State’s Reng Auditorium.

Wednesday is designated as “D.O. Day,” as osteopathic medical schools across the country take a break from their regular academic schedule to focus on a specific medical issue that is significant in the region where the students are studying.

NYITCOM’s program will include presentations from Trevor Villines, Substance Abuse Collegiate Program Coordinator for Arkansas Department of Human Services; LaShanon Spencer, CEO of Community Health Centers of Arkansas; Michael Mancino, M.D., Program Director for the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment at UAMS; and Jennifer Shuler, Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services Treatment Team.

For more information, please contact Casey Pearce of NYITCOM at A-State at 870-882-9954 or cpearce@nyit.edu.

About NYITCOM at Arkansas State University:

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, located on A-State’s Jonesboro campus, is dedicated to improving access to health care for the underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta Region. Arkansas ranks 48th in overall population health status due to low health indicators including obesity and number of adults who smoke. The state also ranks 46th in the number of active physicians per capita and 39th in the number of primary care physicians. NYITCOM at A-State was established in 2016 with the mission of meeting the need for more physicians in this medically underserved area.

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