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Innovations in Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Care Learning Series Session 2: OUD Care Communication Strategies

Wed, 10/11/2023 at 9:00 am - Wed, 10/11/2023 at 10:00 am (PDT)

Join Comagine Health for the second session of Innovations in OUD Care, a learning series focusing on new and promising innovations in caring for people with opioid use disorder (OUD) featuring subject matter experts and people with lived experience. Participants will learn how to adopt these models and improve care in their communities. There is no cost to participate. 

This series is for anyone working with people experiencing opioid use disorder including State Departments of Health, county-based public health and harm reduction professionals, primary care providers, behavioral health and SUDP providers and MOUD treatment providers.

Session 2: OUD Care Communication Strategies

Discover the key elements of successful brief interventions with patients who may have OUD, including what screening tools have been proven effective to engage patients in discussing OUD and promoting insight about the benefits of treatment and recovery. Learn how to build referral processes with opioid treatment programs to ensure patient engagement and what the role of an addictionologist is on a patient’s care team.


  • Michael Incze, MD, is a practicing primary care and addiction medicine physician and an associate professor at the University of Utah. His research and clinical foci revolve around improving integration of addiction treatment into the primary care settings and improving transitions of care for people with substance use disorders.    
  • Katherine (Katie) Fortenberry, Ph.D, is currently a clinical professor in the University of Utah Division of Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, where she serves as the behavioral science education director and sees patients for consultations and brief, solution-focused therapy at Sugarhouse Health Center. 
  • Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS, FACOEM, clinical director for Comagine Health, specializes in occupational health and substance use disorder, and has given national presentations on opioids and substance use disorders in the workplace. Since 2021, she has served as an associate professor at the University of Utah and is the medical director for the University of Utah Occupational Medicine Clinic, which consists of two clinics. In addition, she maintains an occupational medicine practice.
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