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Solving the Crisis with Opioid and Pain Innovations: a iHub Speaker Series and HealthCheck Collaboration

The opioid crisis has been dominating US headlines every day. This crisis has no boundaries when it comes to age group, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic groups. It has made its way into households, hospital emergency rooms, courthouses, and schools and universities across the country, not only directly affecting hundreds of thousands of people, but their families, loved ones and communities as well.

More recently, local communities and government officials have been looking to health care professionals to help address this crisis. Experts in the field have been working tirelessly to create more effective tools, processes, and overall initiatives to help aid the current crisis.

Join the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub and MassChallenge HealthTech as we welcome experts from across Brigham Health and the Boston digital health community to discuss current innovative initiatives and opportunities for innovation in the future of care and pain management. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about the opioid and pain innovation initiative at Brigham Health focused on facilitating collaboration between industry, researchers, and clinicians to eliminate the risk of addiction because of pain.

11:30 a.m. Check-In

12:00 p.m. Welcome and Jack Kelly Introduction

Scott Weiner, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

12:05 p.m. Keynote

Jack Kelly, Author, Sharp Needle

12:20 p.m. Panel Discussion

Felice J. Freyer, Boston Globe

Hannah Maniates, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Recovery Services

Satya Prateek Bommaraju, Marigold Health

Peter Chai, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Christin Price, MD, Brigham Health Bridge Clinic

1:05 p.m. Closing Remarks and Networking

1: 30 p.m. Event Closing

Keynote Speaker

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Jack Kelly
Author, Sharp Needle

Jack Kelly lives in Boston. He is a writer and has advised and served, on various boards for political figures, companies and non-profits regarding public health policy and substance use disorder. He was also a founder of a mobile app tech startup, connecting people in recovery to one another from their phones. Jack remains a vocal leader on issues surrounding addiction and recovery. Additionally, Jack holds a political science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is an avid runner and has completed the Boston and New York City Marathon and over 20 half marathons. Recently, Jack successfully trekked to Mount Everest base camp in Nepal.

Master of Ceremonies

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Scott Weiner, MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACEP
Director, The Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education Program

Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Division of Health Policy and Public Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He is also the Director of B-CORE: The Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education Program, a hospital-wide, multi-disciplinary project with the goal of reducing opioid-related morbidity and mortality. Dr. Weiner completed his residency training at the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and MPH degree at Harvard School of Public Health.  He is the president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians.  His research focuses on technological innovations that improve the care of ED patients presenting with pain, including usage and optimization of online prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), as well as improving access to naloxone, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication.


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Felice J. Freyer (Moderator)
Reporter, Boston Globe

Felice J. Freyer covers addiction, mental illness, and brain science for the Boston Globe, where she has been a staff writer for five years. Throughout that time she has chronicled the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, revealing the pitfalls in the treatment system, the efforts to address them, and the unintended consequences for pain patients. Previously, she was the medical writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. Freyer is active in the 1,400-member Association of Health Care Journalists.and currently serves as its vice president.

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Hannah Maniates
Special Project Coordinator, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Recovery Services

Hannah Maniates is the Special Project Coordinator for Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Recovery Services, the first municipal recovery office in the United States. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services works across City departments and with community partners to create a coordinated recovery strategy for the City of Boston. At the Office of Recovery Services, Hannah leads initiatives focused on promoting equitable access to care and develops strategies to better serve returning citizens, veterans, and survivors of sexual violence.  Prior to this role, Hannah worked on studies examining associations between chronic pain and PTSD at the National Center for PTSD.  She holds a degree in neuroscience from Wesleyan University, where she researched the neural mechanisms underlying substance use disorders.

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Satya Prateek Bommaraju
Data Scientist, Marigold Health

Satya leads Data Science at Marigold Health, a Boston-based startup that's scaling mental health and substance use treatment for underserved populations. Marigold’s core platform uses chat support groups to reach and retain vulnerable patients in care. At Marigold, Satya builds algorithms that can detect the mental health states of users based on the sentiment within messages, understanding the nuance in slang and jargon between different communities. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he worked within the Center For Language and Speech Processing as a masters student. Previously, he has built a variety of AI/NLP products currently used by Fortune 500 companies. His research interests lie in the fair and ethical use of technology to tackle societal problems.

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Christin Price, MD
Program Administrative Director, Brigham Health Bridge Clinic

Dr. Christin Price is the Program Administrative Director of the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic and Clinical Director, Medicaid ACO at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/BWPO.  Dr. Price completed her medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed a Primary Care internship/residency and an Infectious Disease fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Price has had a longstanding interest in the overlap between Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), infectious disease, and addressing underlying Social Determinants of Health in vulnerable populations and has conducted research and published on these topics.  Most recently, Dr. Price launched the opening of the Brigham Health Bridge Clinic which provides rapid access to treatment for Substance Use Disorders using a harm reduction approach and offering multidisciplinary services.

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Peter Chai, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, Medical Toxicologist,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Peter R Chai is an Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Toxicologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and adjunct faculty at The Fenway Institute. He is a graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University where he also did his residency in Emergency Medicine. After completing his fellowship in medical toxicology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Chai began developing concepts surrounding mHealth technologies to discover and react to changes in health. His current investigations focus on medication adherence with digital pills, remote vital sign monitoring using cutaneous sensors, ingestible electronics, and IoT for hospital task management, and is currently funded through the NIH as well as other various private foundations and industry sources to understand how to use technology to change health outcomes.

MassChallenge HealthTech


MassChallenge HealthTech is MassChallenge’s digital health accelerator. It was established in 2016 by MassChallenge, the City of Boston, MeHI, and MACP to support digital health startups. Based in Boston, the program addresses healthcare challenges through demonstration projects led by startups, governments, universities, and preeminent healthcare organizations and institutions.