Opioid Learning Network series - session 1


The impacts of the U.S opioid epidemic have been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a record high number of drug overdose deaths in 2020. Curbing the opioid epidemic through reducing the use of opioids within healthcare organizations depends greatly on leadership commitment and support of an opioid stewardship program. Meredith Gerland, MPH, CPHQ, CIC, senior director, quality innovation at the National Quality Forum will discuss the importance of leadership, culture and policy when making changes in opioid prescribing practices. Leadership builds the culture and provides resources to support change that improves quality across an organization.


  • Learn about the process for development of National Quality Forum’s National Quality Partners Playbook: Opioid Stewardship
  • Understand why leadership commitment and culture are foundational to the success of an opioid stewardship program
  • Recognize implementation strategies related to leadership and culture for your facility to advance opioid stewardship 
  • Discuss the role of the opioid stewardship committee or team


Meredith A. Gerland, MPH, CPHQ, CIC is senior director, quality innovation at the National Quality Forum (NQF). In her role Gerland brings together stakeholders to collaborate on the nation’s most pressing health care issues. She has led many patient safety initiatives to drive change in a variety of topic areas including opioid stewardship, behavioral health, antibiotic stewardship, health care workplace violence and social determinants of health. Prior to joining NQF, Gerland was senior infection control epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and collaborated with individuals across the health system to prevent hospital-associated infections and improve patient outcomes. As an expert in public health, she has also served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the United Nations. Gerland is passionate and committed to improving the quality of health care for all patients.

Bret Haake, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs, Regions Hospital; neurologist; member of the Minnesota DHS Opioid Prescribing Work Group

Recommended to attend

Opioid stewardship champions and health care professionals who are interested in learning about improving their organization’s opioid stewardship program, including pharmacists, emergency medicine professionals, mental health and addiction providers, physicians, nurses, and quality improvement teams.

Continuing education

As an ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor, MHA can help attending physicians and physician assistants receive continuing certification (MOC) credit from their respective specialty board for work related to opioid stewardship, including participation in this webinar.

The program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of one contact hour.


  • Complimentary for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $35 per person for associate members
  • $75 per person for nonmembers

Future events in the Opioid Learning Network series

All webinars will be held 1 - 2 p.m., CDT. Dates and session topics listed below.

  • Dec. 16 - Pain management and patient/family education
  • Feb. 24 - Provider and staff education and accountability
  • Apr. 28 - Data tracking and technical support
  • Jun. 23 - Taping, opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication assisted therapy (MAT)
  • Aug 25 - Community engagement and addressing barriers in implementation and adherence

Registration deadline

Please register by noon on the day before the webinar to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

If you do not receive an email prior to the program with web conference details, please contact Kimberley Huntington at Contact Us to confirm your registration.

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When and Where
  • 10/28/2021 1:00 PM CDT
  • 10/28/2021 2:00 PM CDT
  • Zoom Meeting