The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a new set of roadblocks for overdose prevention. Every community has been forced to adjust to the new environmentas overdose rates are on the rise, and local leaders pave the way towards innovative new approaches.

Join us for the first Web Forum in our Colliding Crises series to hear how communities in California, the Northeast, and West Virginia are adapting to work smarter together in this new climate.

Presenters

Jennifer Toth, MA, PMP, CRS, CRS-DC

Director, Substance Use Services

Health Resources in Action

Boston, MA

Jennifer Toth provides strategic leadership for substance use services at Health Resources in Action (HRiA). This includes oversight of HRiA’s substance use helpline services, such Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline, Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances, and the Vermont Helplink. She also co-directs a statewide opioid overdose prevention training project…

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Rachel Thaxton, MA

Assistant Director, Office of Drug Control Policy

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

East Charleston, WV

Rachel Thaxton was named Assistant Director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy in April 2019.

Prior to joining DHHR, Rachel served as Director of Development and previously as Program Director for Recovery Point West Virginia.  Her past experience includes serving as…

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Mary White, Pharm D

Opioid Task Force Lead

San Benito County Public Health Division

Hollister, CA

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Moderator

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for public…

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