Substance use and historical trauma are intrinsically linked. Join the National Overdose Prevention Network (NOPN) for a panel discussion on addressing Historical Trauma as a critical factor in supporting those with substance use disorders (SUD). Black, brown, and indigenous communities in particular have experienced trauma that directly links to their current and historical experiences around SUD. Current treatment systems frequently fall short by not addressing these historical injustices and trauma. Join us to learn how to partner effectively, and what strategies look like in action.


Brandon Jones, MA

Psychotherapist, Professor and Consultant


Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

Brandon is a Psychotherapist, Professor, Consultant. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a…

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Brooke Briggance

Deputy Director

FACES for the Future Coalition

Oakland, CA

S. Brooke Briggance comes from a multi-sector background in health, direct impact programming for children, youth and families, and public education non-profit work. She began her career in healthcare in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook in New York, and has experience in administrative leadership and public education advocacy…

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Charmaine Kinney, MPA-HA


Future Generations Collaborative

Multnomah County, OR

Charmaine Kinney, MPA-HA is the Modernization Leader for Long Term Services and Supports for the Multnomah County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Multnomah County, Oregon. She has over 40 years of continuous recovery for SUD, Mental Health, PTSD, Anxiety and Major Depression and the recovery was centered in…

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Jason “Biggie” Umtuch

Executive Director

Fire Ignites The Spirit

  • Member, Wellbriety Movement, White Bison Organization,

Jason “Biggie” Umtuch comes from the Wasco, Tidenapum, and Pikunii nations. He was raised in North Portland and has been a member of this community his whole life. Jason is a member of the Wellbriety Movement and aspires to give back to his community. Currently, Biggie, how he introduces himself, provides…

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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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