5th Annual Nursing and the Law Conference

Hot Topics in Public Health: Opioid Abuse and Homelessness – Opportunities for Advocacy: What You Need to Know and How to be Part of the Solution

3.75 Law and Legal CLE credits| WSBA Activity ID #1058826

Opioid abuse and homeless are at a public health crisis in King County, Washington State and throughout our nation. Come join Seattle University School of Law, the Washington Center for Nursing and the Seattle University School of Nursing as they present an important program in the areas of public health, prescription opioid abuse, homelessness and advocacy.


Recorded:  12/08/2017
Credits:  3.75 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1058826
Length: 3 hours, 52 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Rep. Nicole Macri, Rep. June Robinson, Anne Burkland, David Glazer, Matt Cooke, Michelle Tomas, Tedd Kelleher, Susan Matt, Sofia Aragon

This unique program will provide you the latest information on current efforts and state policy initiatives for effectively addressing the public health concerns of rising opioid abuse and homelessness.  The program will  include facilitated discussion to assist in identifying the key issues and specific concerns most important to registrants.  Speakers will provide guidance to those in attendance in developing steps and resources for addressing policy and practice concerns locally and at the state level.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Defining the Issues


Sofia Aragon JD, BSN, RN, President, WA State Association of Nurse Attorneys

Susan B. Matt PhD, JD, MN, RN, CNE, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Adjunct Faculty Affairs, College of Nursing, Seattle University

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Public health efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Seattle and King County


Anne Burkland, MPA, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health Seattle & King County; Mark Cooke, JD, MSW American Civil Liberties Union

  • What are the county and city initiatives targeting opioid abuse?
  • As nurses and lawyers how can you influence policy in King County and the City of Seattle?

10:20 - 11:10 a.m.

Opioid Epidemic


David Glazer, Senior Counsel, Kaiser Permanente Legal Department

  • Overview of a new state law for prescribers to curb the opiod epidemic.
  • Opportunities for you to help develop regulations: How can nurses and lawyers help successfully implement the new state Law?

June Robinson, MPH Washington State House of Representatives for the 38th Legislative District

11:10 - 11:25 a.m.


11:25 - 12:15 a.m.

The Homelessness Crisis


Michele Tomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Tedd Kelleher, WA State Department of Commerce

Nicole Macri, MPA Washington State House of Representatives for the 43rd Legislative District

  • Homelessness is a heightening crisis. What do we know about the core social factors that contribute to homelessness? 
  • How can nurses and lawyers shape legislative policy efforts in the 2018 legislative session?
  • What are law maker's priorities to address homelessness and the opioid epidemic in 2018?

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Creating your individual plan to address your top concerns and advocate


All program faculty

  • How do you create an effective message for policy makers?
  • What organizations are resources for you to make an impact?
  • Create and practice with our experts an effective message that you create based on the issues you care about. 

1:15 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairs

Sofia Aragon, Executive Director Washington Center for Nursing

Sofia Aragon is the Executive Director for the Washington Center for Nursing. The WCN is the state nursing workforce and resource center advancing nursing leadership, diversity, and workforce development. Previously, she was the Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor for the Washington State Nurses Association, lobbyist for the School Nurse Organization of Washington and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners United of Washington State. She has also served on several board and commissions and currently serves on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance board, advocating for affordable housing, President of the the WA Association of Nurse Attorneys, and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement 501C(3) Board. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Seattle University and a Juris Doctor Loyola University- Chicago School of Law.

Susan B. Matt PhD, JD, MN, RN, CNE, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Adjunct Faculty Affairs, College of Nursing, Seattle University

Dr. Susan Matt is an associate professor and Assistant Dean for Adjunct Faculty Affairs in the SU College of Nursing. She earned her BSN from the College of New Rochelle in New York, her MN from the University of Washington School of Nursing, her JD from the University of Washington School of Law, and her PhD from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Her nursing experience is primarily in neuroscience and rehabilitation nursing and her law practice focused on medical malpractice, guardianship, and disability. She is a founding member of the Washington State Chapter of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys and serves as a member of the planning committee for this CLE/CNE event and as the chapter's current treasurer. Dr. Matt has researched nurses with disabilities and organizational disability climate, and her research interests include quality of life for individuals with disabilities, bullying in the nursing profession, and nurses with disabilities.


Anne Burkland, MPA, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health Seattle & King County

Anne Burkland has been in legislative politics for a decade. She began her career working at the State Legislature developing messaging and implementing media plans to advance the policy goals of multiple legislators.

Ms. Burkland continued this work while working for King County Council Chair Joe McDermott who chaired the King County Board of Health. It was there that she began working on public health policies. Burkland has also lobbied state government on different policy priorities to improve the public's health. She currently is a governmental relations specialist at Public Health - Seattle & King County where she works on both state and local policy priorities.

Mark Cooke, Policy Director, ACLU of Washington's Campaign for Smart Justice

Mark Cooke is a Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington's Campaign for Smart Justice. He works on criminal justice, drug, and mental health policy reform. He also served as a Policy Advisor for New Approach Washington, the organization which successfully campaigned for the passage of Initiative 502, which legalized and regulated marijuana for adults in Washington State. Mark graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 with JD and MSW degrees. While in St. Louis, he worked at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health researching drug policy issues, including methamphetamine laws and needle exchange programs. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mark practiced family law in Seattle and before going to graduate school, he worked in the foster care system in San Diego, CA and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Atlanta, GA.

David Glazer, Senior Counsel, Kaiser Permanente Legal Department

David is a senior staff attorney with Kaiser Permanente. He has advised health care providers and care delivery system leaders for more than 20 years, while in private practice and as one of the in-house counsel for Group Health Cooperative -- now Kaiser Permanente of Washington. His practice emphasizes legal and compliance issues involving the direct delivery of health care services. David regularly provides legal in-service training for KP medical, nursing, social work and other professionals, and also has presented at CLEs sponsored by the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys and other groups. He holds a Masters in Health Administration and a J.D., both from the University of Washington

Tedd Kelleher, WA State Department of Commerce

Nicole Macri, Representative, Washington State Legislature, 43rd District

Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district of Washington, which includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Montlake, University District, Ravenna, Wallingford, Fremont and Phinney Ridge. She serves as vice chair of both the Healthcare and Wellness Committee and of the Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Capital Budget Committee. She is also a member of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.

Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. She has championed Seattle's Housing Levy, and was appointed by the City Council to serve successive terms as a member of the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. In 2014, she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County for her outstanding work in the field of affordable housing, and recently received the 2017 Inclusion Award from the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities for her work towards improving the lives of disabled Seattleites.

Nicole holds Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, and completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University's Albers School of Business. She lives with her partner, Deb Cayz, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

June Robinson, Washington State House of Representatives

Representative June Robinson was appointed to represent the 38th Legislative District in December 2013, and elected to retain the seat 2014. She currently serves on three legislative committees: Appropriations (Vice Chair), , Health Care & Wellness, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Representative Robinson grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware. She later earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. Her commitment to public service began on the international level right after her undergraduate college work. She joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in rural Jamaica working as a public-health nutritionist.

Currently, Rep. Robinson works at Public Health Seattle & King County as a Program Manager in the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Section. Formerly, she was a program director, and later a volunteer board member, for Migrant Health Promotion, a national organization that strives to alleviate health disparities in rural and disenfranchised communities. She also worked as a medical clinic manager and director of planning and program management at the Community Health Center of Snohomish County. Recently, she served as the executive director of the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County. Rep. Robinson also served on the board of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. She has volunteered with United Way of Snohomish County and in Everett Public Schools.

Michele Tomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Michele is the Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Housing Alliance Action Fund. She joined the staff of the Alliance in 2009 after working for eight years as community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington State, where she helped tenants to organize for justice in their homes and to win new laws including the "Slumlord Accountability Act" in 2005. She believes deeply in the power of organized communities to make change and believes that homelessness will end when the public will demands it.


General Registration                                                                   $120.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni                               $100.00