Prevention: A fireside chat with the U.S. Surgeon General

The panel on stage at the Alaska Prevention Summit. Photo: Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media

Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Alaska, in early August to discuss the opioid epidemic. As part of the Alaska Prevention Summit, Dr. Adams participated in a panel discussion with chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Dr. Jay Butler and the executive director of Mat-Su Health Foundation, Elizabeth Ripley. They discuss what progress has been made in addressing the opioid crisis, methods of prevention, and how to move forward as a community.

Thanks for listening!


  • Dr. Jerome Adams | U.S. Surgeon General
  • Dr. Jay Butler | Chief Medical Officer & Director of the Division of Public Health, State of Alaska DHSS, and co-host of Line One: Your Health Connection here on Alaska Public Media.
  • Elizabeth Ripley | Chief Executive Officer, Mat-Su Health Foundation


  • Stephanie Allen, Executive Director of United Way of Mat-Su


BROADCAST: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

RECORDED: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Dena’ina Center.


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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