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UMiami: Kathleen Kelly Presents at American Academy of Pediatrics on Quantifying Rates of Naloxone Administration in Youth and Schools

Ms. Kathleen Kelly, a second-year candidate in the MD/MPH program at the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, recently attended the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) meeting in New Orleans. She learned more about a wide range of topics, ranging from how social media advertisements are being used to target the youngest members of society, how people can prepare and combat school shootings to how telehealth can be implemented to better serve rural populations.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to attend and present at the American Academy of Pediatrics. I made invaluable connections at the conference and received inspiration from the leaders across the field,” Ms. Kelly said.

At the meeting, Ms. Kelly presented at roundtable discussions, specifically at the Council for School Health. Her work focuses on providing data to inform legislation regarding naloxone in school.

“Sadly, the opioid epidemic has spread into the lives of youth. Naloxone is the opioid overdose antidote that is approved for layperson administration. To combat the opioid epidemic in youth, states have enacted various policies regarding naloxone in schools. Our work focuses on quantifying rates of naloxone administration in youth and schools, which has not been previously shared,” she said.

As the data analysis has become more involved, Ms. Kelly has partnered with Dr. Raymond Balise and Dr. Daniel Feaster, two researchers at the Department of Public Health Sciences. “Our interdisciplinary team has been invaluable to provide ideas on how to best use data to understand and combat the opioid epidemic in youth,” Ms. Kelly added.

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