A Hospital’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 27, 9-10 a.m.

Throughout the United States, hospitals and healthcare workers are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic ravaging communities, families, and individuals. In Massachusetts, more than 1,000 people die annually from opioid use. Many individuals are also battling behavioral health issues that are often ignored or misdiagnosed and only lead to those using drugs to spiral deeper into despair.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In response to the epidemic in their community, BID-Plymouth launched an Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative in 2015 in an effort to reverse the tide of opioid dependence.
Click here to register and learn:

How BID-Plymouth become involved in working to solve the opioid crisis.

What an Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative does and initial results.

Proactive communications to healthcare providers, the general public, and the media. 


Presented by:

Christopher Smalley, Director of Marketing & Communications, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth 


As the lead communications officer, Christopher provides communications counsel to hospital executives and oversees the hospital’s internal and external communications program. He has 25 years of experience in healthcare, nonprofit, and biopharmaceutical communications and has led the rebranding efforts of several organizations during his career. Additionally, he has presented at national healthcare communications conferences and received numerous awards for his healthcare marketing campaigns. Christopher serves as an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University where he teaches courses on public relations and health communications.


Sarah Cloud, LICSW, Director of Social Work, Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth

Sarah received her Master in Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work in 1996. During her career she has been recognized for her leadership and community programming through awards for improving access to treatment for Latino & Brazilian communities, suicide prevention for elders and jail diversion.  Sarah has specialized in the development of innovative programs, healthcare integration, and interagency partnerships, which she has lectured on in national conferences.  Previously she worked as the director of behavioral health at Advocates.