Our country’s response to drug use—from supportive treatment policies to punitive sentencing practices—is highly racialized. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders in overdose prevention on how to address racial justice and a new path forward.


Kimá Joy Taylor, MD


Anka Consulting, LLC

Dr. Kimá Joy Taylor is the founder of Anka Consulting LLC, a health care consulting company. She is an experienced leader, manager and strategist with a track record of building and stewarding strong relationships and partnerships to advance policy and programs that cost-effectively improve individual and community health outcomes. A…

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Hannah Youngdeer, MPH

Public Health Program Coordinator

California Consortium for Urban Indian Health

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Herminia Ledesma, MPH

Program Manager, Outreach & Migrant Health

VISTA Community Clinic

Vista, California

Herminia Ledesma, Program Manager for Vista Community Clinic (VCC) oversees VCC’s Migrant Health and Community Engagement Programs. She has been with VCC for over six years. During her time with VCC, she has focused on various efforts supporting access to health care for migrant workers and their families.  Additionally, one…

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Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

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

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior 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…

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Presentation Slides

  • Hannah Youngdeer | Connecting Historical Racial Injustices in American Indian Communities and Our Current Approaches

  • Herminia Ledesma | Supporting Access to Health Resources Regarding Substance Use Disorders in the Latinx Community Using Popular Education