University of Tennessee
Planning Summit for Opioid and Addiction Response
Jan. 24, 2019  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New Student Union – UT Knoxville

Goal: Develop actionable strategies and identify partners to help reverse the opioid epidemic in Tennessee.

Deliverable: Ideas and content to inform a regional summit agenda planned for spring 2019.

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11 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Welcome and Charge

Randy Boyd, UT Interim President

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.
Stating the Problem

Karen Pershing, MDC Executive Director

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Boundary Exercise

Facilitated by SSP/DG

12:10 – 1 p.m.
Keynote, Lunch and Introductions

Caty Davis, Miss Tennessee 2017

1 – 1:45 p.m.
Visioning Exercise

1:45 – 1:55 p.m.

1:55 – 2:45 p.m.
Group Reports

2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wrap Up and Next Steps

Randy Boyd


Boundary Exercise: Interactive exercise to get people thinking and talking about the issue and UT’s role in addressing this epidemic.

Working Lunch with Introductions: Participants will introduce themselves and explain their roles in the opioid crisis in Tennessee. A short keynote will be provided by Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis, who will give a personal perspective of the real cost of the opioid epidemic to her family.

Visioning Exercise: Combine ideas to inform a plan for the development of a regional summit in the spring of 2019. The overarching goal is to lead to actionable initiatives and proposals to help reverse this national epidemic.

In-House Assignment: To help inform the invitation and speaker list, each participant will be asked to provide a list of potential invitees and participants for the spring opioid summit.

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