Most Important Work – Helping Children Grieve the Loss of a Loved One from Drug Overdose

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Maureen Ceidro, M.A.

CeidroMs. Maureen Ceidro is a bereavement counselor with over 25 years of experience in the field of grief. She has her master’s degree in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary and is a founder of a family-based grief support program that utilizes various modalities such as art therapy, music and pets to help children from ages 5 to 19 cope with their sadness due the death of a loved one. As part of this program, Ms. Ceidro worked with the Fred Rogers Center, with input from Dr. Jessica Black, to create a psychoeducational brochure, ‘When Someone Your Child Loves Dies’ which can be downloaded here. To hear more information on grief from Ms. Ceidro you can access her videos here.

Most Important Work – Safeguarding Medication

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Michael Lynch, M.D.

Dr. Michael Lynch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Lynch went on to complete his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lynch works in the Emergency Departments at UPMC Presbyterian and Mercy Hospitals. Additionally, the clinical Toxicology service at UPMC is one of the busiest in the country, seeing patients at UPMC Presbyterian, Magee, Mercy, and Shadyside Hospitals as well as Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as providing inpatient addiction treatment. Dr. Lynch has been the Medical Director at the Pittsburgh Poison Center since 2013 and a consulting toxicologist at the West Virginia poison center since 2009. He is the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder Services at the UPMC Health Plan. Dr. Lynch was recognized by the DEA for outstanding contributions to DEA’s mission in 2017, awarded the 2018 Physician of the Year by the PA College of Emergency Physicians, is a member of the PA College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors, and served on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter Agency Task Force led by the US Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Veteran’s Affair.