Our country is experiencing a mental health crisis. The stress and social isolation due to COVID-19 has resulted in an uptick in unsafe drug practices, and we need more people equipped to respond to those experiencing a mental health emergency. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders in behavioral health on how to think differently about addiction and overdose prevention in the current era.


Vanessa Jacobsohn, MD

Medical Director of Primary Care, UNM Addiction and Substance Abuse Program

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Assistant Director, UNM Addiction Medicine Fellowship, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Jacobsohn is originally from Massachusetts, where she attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of New Mexico in 2008, and is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  Currently, she serves as Medical Director of Primary Care at UNM’s Addiction…

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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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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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