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Health Professions Career Day and Opioid Abuse and Mental/Behavioral Health Panel

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

At HCOP, we strive to accomplish many goals - two of those goals are to: 1. Help students learn about a variety of health professions and 2: Be sure that we are raising up future health professionals ready to take on modern challenges in healthcare. Our final Friday Fun-Day of the summer was dedicated to these two pursuits!

The first part of the day was Health Professions Career Day! Three healthcare professionals from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital joined the HCOP Virtual Session to talk to students about what it is they do, the challenges and rewards, and their journeys. Students had the opportunity to ask specific questions, and the session was rewarding for all. Thanks again to the professionals who joined us:

Jeff Stec, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Program Manager and Speech/Language Pathologist

Brooke Murtaugh, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, Brain Injury Program Manager and Burn Program Leader

Diane Ulmer, OTR/L, Spinal Cord Injury Program Manager

The second part of Friday Fun-Day was devoted to helping educate students on two important issues impacting our nation and the healthcare community - opioid abuse and mental/behavioral health. A panel of health professionals, mental health advocates and community program leaders provided information to students on what opioid abuse is and its impact, as well as the importance of addressing mental health and the stigma associated with it. Students were able to ask questions and engage in discussion with the panel, which consisted of:

Dr. Donna Polk, Ph.D., CEO of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC)

Dr. Paul Price, Pharm.D., BCPP, Senior Associate Dean of the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP)

Dr. Imad Alsakaf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Creighton University Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Donna Stewart, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist - Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic

Carey Pomykata, Coalition Rx/Dillon's House Executive Director/Cofounder

Dr. Maryam Gbadamosi-Akindele, Ph.D., MD, Assistant Professor, Creighton School of Medicine

James Holt, LIMHP, LCSW, MSW, Center for Holistic Development, Doctor of Social Work Candidate

July 31st was a busy day, full of panelists and health professionals sharing their knowledge and experience with students. A special thanks again to all who contributed on this day!

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