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Join us for a presentation about the opioid epidemic in America from a nurse’s perspective. Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez, DNP, ENP, C-SPI, has a background in toxicology and emergency medicine. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner with an active emergency room practice, he holds a master’s degree in emergency medicine and is a certified specialist in poison information, with more than 20 years of experience. His passion is helping communities address the opioid epidemic and assisting nurses to recognize ways to participate in the prevention of untimely opiate-related deaths. Dr. Gonzalez’s presentation will provide a brief history of opiates, an overview of his health care experiences within the current situation, a description of treatment approaches, and a discussion of how to move forward.

Featured panelists include:
Laura Kollatz, RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Kari Lerch, Deputy Director, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, Epidemiologist, Medical College of Wisconsin
Laura Tidwell, MSN, RN, APNP, Nurse Practitioner, Aurora Health Care – Outpatient Chronic Pain Management

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Location and Time

Monday, March 19, 2018
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Lecture
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Facilitated Q&A and Panel Discussion
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Refreshments

Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union
Monaghan Ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Parking is available for a nominal fee in the 16thStreet Parking Structure located at 749 North 16thStreet and the Wells Street Structure located at 1240 West Wells Street.

Register by Monday, March 12. RSVP.


For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at or 414.288.7431. 



This event is sponsored by the Marquette University College of Nursing.

About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.