Speakers

Henrietta Bada-Ellzey, Cameron Bushling, Daniel Ciccarone, Patti Clark, Dawna Cobb, Greg Corby-Lee, Rhonda Cowan, April DeFalco, Jennifer Havens, Frankie Haynes, Claire Holladay, Van Ingram, W David Lohr, Jami McLemore, Jason Merrick, Pamela Millay, Laura Pegram, Dana Quesinberry, Monica Ridgeway, Erin Smead, Kristina Smith, Steven Stack, Angela Taylor, Jennifer Twyman, Louise Vincent, Matthew Walton, Connie White

Henrietta Bada-Ellzey, MD, MPH

Mary Florence Jones Professor, Pediatrics Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Research
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky
Director, Maternal and Child Health
Kentucky Department for Public Health
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. Bada earned an MD at the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in Manila, Philippines. She completed residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatology at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She has an MPH from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Bada has been involved in clinical and basic science research as a faculty at Southern Illinois University, University of Tennessee, and at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of research include newborn brain disorders, physiological measurements, perinatal addiction, and developmental follow-up.

She served as the University of Tennessee Principal Investigator of the NIH funded project, the Maternal Lifestyle Study (MLS), in collaboration with other Principal Investigators from the University of Miami, Wayne State University, and Brown University. The MLS is a longitudinal follow-up of children exposed to cocaine and or opiates in utero through sixteen years of age. She is currently funded by NIDA to carry out a randomized trial on the treatment of NAS.

She has multiple invited lectureships and publications. Recent journal articles cover findings on follow-up of children and adolescents with prenatal drug exposures and the treatment of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Cameron Bushling, MS

Statistician
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of Health Data and Analytics, Division of Analytics
Frankfort, Kentucky

Cameron earned a BA in Mathematical Economics and an MS in Statistics at the University of Kentucky. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at UK with a focus on Nonparametric Regression and Mixture Models.

He joined the CHFS Medicaid team in August 2017 as a part-time research assistant and then transitioned to a full-time statistician position in January 2020.

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Daniel Ciccarone, MD, MPH

Professor, Family and Community Medicine
University of California-San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Dr. Ciccarone earned an MD from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, and completed residency at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He earned an MPH from UC Berkeley.

He has been principal or co-investigator on numerous NIH sponsored public health research projects including his current Heroin in Transition study. He is a recognized international scholar on the medical, public health, and public policy dimensions of substance use, risk, and consequences.

He is Associate Editor for the International Journal of Drug Policy and recently edited an IJDP special issue on the “triple wave crisis” of opioids, heroin, and fentanyl in the US.

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Patti Clark, EdD, MBA, CPS

Program Manager, Prevention and Promotion Branch
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID)
Project Director and Principal Investigator
Kentucky's Partnership for Success Grant
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. Clark earned a BA in Journalism from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, an MBA from Sullivan University, and an EdD in Leadership and Policy Studies from Eastern Kentucky University.

She has served as the Kentucky State Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Principal Investigator for the Kentucky Initiatives for Zero Suicides and was Project Director for the state’s Suicide Prevention Efforts for Adolescents in Kentucky, both Garrett Lee Smith funded suicide prevention projects.

Dr. Clark provides training and technical assistance to prevention providers in Kentucky, with focused efforts on substance use and suicide prevention, integration/collaboration with other sectors through shared risk and protective factors (bullying, sexual assault, violence), needs assessment, capacity building, and strategic planning for state- and community-level prevention implementation. She was co-team leader for Kentucky’s SMVF Suicide Implementation team and co-created Kentucky’s military immersion training, Operation Immersion.

Previously she was the Associate Coordinator of the Southeast Resource Team of the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, a SAMHSA-funded training and technical assistance provider to state-level behavioral health grantees. She served ten states and two jurisdictions in the Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Washington DC) focusing on Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky.

Dr. Clark began her prevention career as a project coordinator for Kentucky’s Underage Drinking Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) project in Owen County, Kentucky, where binge drinking among high school youth was reduced by 36% over a two-year period. She is a former newspaper publisher and brings a 20-year career of managing community newspapers to the prevention field.

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Dawna Cobb, MSW

Health Education Coordinator
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dawna earned an MSW from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

She has over thirty-two years of professional experience working with children, families, and individuals as an advocate for support and guidance. Within the past thirteen years, she has worked at the University of Kentucky Medical Center with persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). Working with PLWHA, she utilizes a holistic approach tailored to the needs of each client. Most of her skill set has been to reinforce self-care and medication adherence alongside the medical multidisciplinary team consisting of a physician, nurse, psychiatrist, pharmacist, and care coordinators. She also helps educate PLWHA patients regarding safer sex practices and the importance of a safe and nurturing environment that can enhance their quality of life.

Dawna believes positive change can happen when individuals are given the opportunity, guidance, and support needed in order to draw from their own strengths.

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Greg Corby-Lee

Strategist
Kentucky Harm Reduction Initiative
University of Kentucky KIRP/Harm Reduction Initiative and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Lexington, Kentucky

Greg studied both Computer Science and Health Administration at the University of Kentucky.

His current role involves introducing local health departments to what this Initiative can offer in ways of staffing and covering most costs for harm reduction programs. He also coordinates the training of the local people that are hired by the Initiative to work in all of Kentucky’s Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Programs.

Greg has been involved with HIV in Kentucky for over thirty-five years, starting as a volunteer and fundraiser for AIDS in the early ‘80s. In 1986, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department brought him onboard as the first local AIDS Coordinator in the state. During that time, he was also a Disease Intervention Specialist and provided over 7,000 HIV tests, as well as partner services for positives. In 1992, he was promoted to HIV/STD Manager at the Lexington Health Department and managed that growing program for fifteen years. In 2007, he became the HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Director with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services/Department for Public Health. For his last few years at Kentucky Public Health, he was the state’s “point person” for Kentucky’s Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program efforts. When Greg took this role, there were only three syringe exchange programs in Kentucky. By his retirement from Kentucky Public Health in 2018, there were forty-three counties with syringe exchanges.

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Rhonda Cowan

HIV/AIDS Prevention Outreach Specialist
Volunteers of America
Louisville, Kentucky

Rhonda is a 60-year-old black, transgender female. She was born in small town Monticello, Kentucky, and raised by her loving aunt.
Growing up in small-town Kentucky was very challenging for a young, slowly transitioning, transgender girl. Growing up she was a very feminine acting young boy and, consequently, was often harassed. As a result, throughout the years of transitioning into a woman and living on her own, she found herself becoming enveloped in many situations which put her at high risk for violence, health risks, and ultimately substance abuse.

Addiction consumed over thirty years of Rhonda’s life, but in 2014 she entered a stable period of recovery and “turned her life over to a power greater than herself.” Since then she has found herself progressing and unifying her career and passion for the community one step at a time.

Rhonda is an HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist for Volunteers of America Mid-States HIV Services where she specializes in engaging the People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) population. This is where Rhonda’s passion unifies and blossoms. After living the life of addiction for so long, Rhonda can attest first hand to the risks and consequences of HIV while in active addiction. She teaches the importance of education and HIV and Hepatitis C testing for those currently in active addiction on a daily basis.

“I am a recovering Transwoman. I am not ashamed of my past. My past has made me into who I am today.”

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April DeFalco, MSW

Project Coordinator
Kenton County Detention Center
Covington, Kentucky

April is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she earned an MSW degree.

In years past, April has volunteered with helping the homeless and serving her city. She has worked at the Kenton County Detention Center since 2019 working with individuals with Substance Use Disorder in the Pre-Arrest Diversion sector.

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Jennifer Havens, PhD, MPH

Professor, Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
and Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Havens earned an MPH and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her areas of expertise include the epidemiology of rural opioid and other substance use and the infectious complications of injection drug use, including HIV and hepatitis C.

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Frankie Haynes, BS, MSW (c)

Health Educator II
Barren River District Heath Department (BRDHD)
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Upon completion of a BS in Public Health at Western Kentucky University, Frankie began her career as a Health Educator at the Barren River District Health Department. She is pursuing an MSW at the University of Kentucky.

After attending the National Harm Reduction Conference in 2018, she found her passion for Harm Reduction and is currently the Harm Reduction Coordinator for the Barren River District.

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Claire Holladay, MPH

Epidemiologist, Viral Hepatitis Program
Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)
Frankfort, Kentucky

Claire earned a BS in Health and Human Sciences and an MPH from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She is the project lead for the Kentucky Vulnerability Assessment to better understand counties at increased risk of opioid overdose and outbreaks of blood-borne infectious diseases (HCV/HIV). Currently, Claire works full-time as part of the data reporting team to support the Commonwealth’s initiatives to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Van Ingram

Executive Director
Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Frankfort, Kentucky

Van Ingram joined ODCP in November 2004, shortly after it was created with the mission of coordinating Kentucky’s substance abuse efforts in enforcement, treatment and prevention/education.

He served with the Maysville Police Department for more than 23 years, the last six as its chief. He is a former president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and was named “Kentucky Chief of the Year” in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement as well as the Melvin Shein Award for distinguished service to Kentucky law enforcement.

Van is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained officers across the state on a variety of topics, including community oriented policing, case management, and “Kentucky Substance Abuse Issues” for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and command staff. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of substance abuse issues both in Kentucky and nationally.

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W David Lohr, MD

Associate Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky
Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director
Department for Community Based Services Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. Lohr is a native of Kentucky and graduated undergraduate from Transylvania University in Lexington and medical school from Johns Hopkins University. He completed residency training in adult psychiatry at Washington University St. Louis and a child psychiatry fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Lohr has published and presented on trends and quality concerns of the use of psychotropic medications in children and the importance of trauma-informed care of children in child welfare systems.

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Jami McLemore, AA, BS

Program Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Section Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)
Frankfort, Kentucky

Jami is currently working on a campaign “Know Your Status” in Eastern Kentucky.

She worked at the North Central District Health Department for three years implementing a monthly service providers meeting. Jami was a certified smoking cession trainer and a certified diabetes trainer and provided these trainings throughout her district.

Jami worked several years as a state social worker. She was the child fatality specialist and investigated all personnel referrals. Jami worked as a Therapist at Caney Creek Rehabilitation/Kentucky River Community Care in Knott County with mentally ill patients. She directed a pilot program in Perry County that served women who were victims of domestic violence and/or drug abuse. She provided individual and group therapy.

Jami graduated from Morehead University with a BS in sociology and a minor in criminology. She also earned an AA at Hazard Community College.

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Jason Merrick, MSW, CADC

Director, Addiction Services
Kenton County Detention Center
Covington, Kentucky

Jason is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where he earned an MSW degree and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Jason and his colleagues have developed and implemented a residential treatment program for incarcerated men and women at the Kenton County Detention Center. Passionate for change, Jason developed a grassroots organization called, Northern Kentucky People Advocating Recovery and is co-author of “Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic.” Today Jason still continues to work hard for those in recovery through addiction services.

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Pamela Millay, RN, BSN, JD

Director, Clinical Services
Northern Kentucky Health Department
Florence, Kentucky

Pamela holds a JD degree from the Chase College of Law and a BSN from Thomas More College and a BA in Fine Arts, Theatre, from Northern Kentucky University.

She has a strong background in leadership, regulatory compliance, and compliance monitoring. She is currently responsible for overseeing a staff of more than ninety employees in the Clinical services division that provides preventative care for children and adults in four county health centers in Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton counties and two mobile Syringe Access Exchange Program sites in Campbell and Kenton counties. Previous experience includes serving as Chief Operations and Compliance Officer at Redwood a non-profit in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.

Pamela serves on the advisory board for the North Central AHEC Advisory Board, NKU Nursing Department Advisory Board, and Redwood’s Medical Advisory Committee. She has volunteered with the Boone County Jaycees and the Kentucky Jaycees.

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Laura Pegram, MSW, MPH

Associate Director, Drug User Health Team
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Washington, DC

Laura works across NASTAD teams to ensure a drug user health perspective is meaningfully incorporated into our efforts and to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs. She provides technical assistance to state health departments and promotes state and local reforms shown to improve drug user health. Laura has spent the last decade working as a harm reduction service provider, consultant, and advocate in New Orleans, Colorado, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, and DC.

She holds Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans and a BA in Cross-cultural Relations from Simon’s Rock College of Bard.

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Dana Quesinberry, JD, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
University of Kentucky College of Public Health
Research Core Director
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Quesinberry earned a BA from Thomas More College, a JD from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, and a DrPH focusing on public health management from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Currently, she is the Multiple Principal Investigator for Kentucky Overdose Data to Action Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention Center which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Dr. Quesinberry serves as the Research Coordinator in the Office of Health Data and Analytics in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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Monica Ridgeway, BA, MPA

Program Manager
Kentucky Department of Health
Kentucky Finding Cases (KyFC)
Kentucky Income Reinvstment Program (KIRP)
Frankfort, Kentucky

Ms. Ridgeway collaborates with the KIRP team, including the HRI Medical Director and HRI Strategist, to integrate early intervention, outreach, and health education and risk reduction services for persons who are at high-risk for acquiring or transmitting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For three years, she served as the State Program Coordinator for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, in the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning in the HIV/AIDS Section. As a Program Coordinator, Monica served on the HIV Prevention Team where she focused primarily on Harm Reduction, Risk Reduction, and Harm Prevention Practices while serving one of the most targeted populations as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - people who inject drugs (PWID). In this role, she provided technical assistance to health departments that house Syringe Exchange Programs, community based organizations (CBO), and other HIV agencies. Monica developed program goals and objectives with quantifiable performance measures and developed and implemented quality assurance protocols while reaching communities that are effected the most by HIV and comorbidity of the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Ms. Ridgeway earned a BA in English with a minor in Print Journalism from Alabama State University. She also earned an MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. She has also completed twelve credit hours in Spanish courses and had an opportunity to use in the Hispanic/Latino/a communities in over twenty-seven counties in Alabama.

This Paducah, Kentucky, native lived in Montgomery, Alabama, for over thirteen years gaining experience in working with local nonprofit organizations such as: Medical Advocacy Outreach of Alabama, Inc., formally, Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, Inc. (MAO), Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc., Counseling of Substance Abuse (COSA), and Chemical Addictions Program Center. Through the years, she gained experience in event planning, marketing, and fundraising to benefit any organization that she served at large. Ms. Ridgeway also worked with surrounding communities in accumulating donors and obtaining resource development to assist community organizations in exceeding revenue goals. She also developed ground-up training and support structures including reward-based performance management system and incentives, enhanced reporting structures, and coaching programs. She has the ability to write effective grant proposals.

Monica is passionate and detail and result-oriented with a sincere heart for all people. She has a history of being an active volunteer in her community working with organizations geared towards HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and treatment. She wants to continue to apply her public health skills to improve education and treatment of people at risk or currently infected with HIV/AIDs. Monica also loves singing and is a worship leader at her church. She volunteers her time while serving as the Resource Development and Fundraising Director for a local non-profit organization where she is able to support the unsupported by empowering people through enhancement of education, economic, and financial growth improving physical and mental health by overcoming social injustice and equity through community engagement and connection.

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Erin Smead, MSW

Director, Kentucky Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START)
Kentucky Department for Community Based Services and
University of Kentucky College of Social Work
Lexington, Kentucky

Ms. Smead has worked in the area of child welfare for twenty years in a variety of capacities and played an integral role in the implementation and growth of the nationally recognized and evidence informed START program in Kentucky. She has provided guidance and technical assistance and trained across Kentucky and nationally on issues relating to child welfare and substance use and the START program.

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Kristina Smith, EMT-B, ASN, BS

Co-chair
Louisville Metro Human Trafficking Task Force Survivors Council
Louisville, Kentucky

Kristina is a first responder and a member of Kentucky Attorney General Office’s Survivors Council. She is founder of SWOP-KENTUCKY and identifies as a former sex worker and trafficking survivor who has lobbied in Washington, DC, for sex worker rights following SESTA-FOSTA.

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Steven Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP

Commissioner Department for Public Health
Kentucky Department for Public Health
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. Stack was appointed Commissioner by Gov. Andy Beshear in February, 2020 and is a practicing board-certified emergency physician.

For more than 20 years Dr. Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies. In 2006, he became the first emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the youngest AMA president since 1854.

Dr. Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including St. Joseph East-Lexington and St. Joseph-Mt. Sterling in Kentucky, and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Tennessee. He has more than 18 years of emergency medicine administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

In 2018, Dr. Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures on healthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the physician executive MBA program and to both physician and non-physician healthcare leaders enrolled in executive education programs.

Dr. Stack has focused experience in health information technology (IT). A nationally recognized advocate, he bridges bedside care with governmental policy and has served on numerous federal advisory committees for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2010-2016. Additionally, he served from 2012-2016 as board member and secretary of eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit association improving health care through the advancement of health IT.

His other areas of expertise include emergency department and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and regulation, and healthcare anti-trust issues. Dr. Stack has extensive experience in policymaking and advocacy at federal, state, and county levels and before legislative bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He also is a skilled public spokesperson and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable and high quality healthcare.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was a Henry Bean Scholar for classical studies. He returned to Ohio to complete medical school and emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University before moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice. He completed an MBA at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business.

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Angela Taylor

Biomed Informatics Data Architect
Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of Health Data and Analytics, Division of Analytics
Frankfort, Kentucky

Angela leads a team of analysts, statisticians, and researchers who use administrative data sets to answer policy questions related to health and human services programs in Kentucky. Utilizing her background in information technology, Angela has managed the data requirements and reporting for several federally funded research projects including awards granted by the National Institutes of Health and other major funders.

One of Angela’s primary areas of expertise involves the use of Kentucky’s Medicaid Management Information System to answer questions that are uniquely well-suited for investigation using Medicaid claims data. Past inquiries have made significant contributions to the Commonwealth’s understanding of the demographic and epidemiological features of its Medicaid population such as studies of claims data involving neonates, pregnant women, and beneficiaries diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder. Angela works at the intersection of database management and healthcare policy, working to translate the latent insights contained within raw data into products that can clarify the decisions that state government officials must make.

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Jennifer Twyman, BS

Health Education Specialist II
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Syringe Exchange Program
Louisville, Kentucky

Jennifer graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Before joining the LMPHW, Jennifer worked as a harm reduction specialist on the mobile syringe exchange for Volunteers of America Mid-State.

She spent twenty years of her life struggling with an addiction to opiates and has not abused opiates since November 2009. She is a passionate advocate for using harm reduction strategies and approaches for high-risk populations.

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Louise Vincent, MPH, MS

Executive Director and Harm Reduction Consultant
North Carolina Urban Survivors' Union
Leadership Team
National Urban Survivors Union
Greensboro, North Carolina

Louise is an activist and educator in North Carolina whose work and expertise in drug user health, social, and criminal justice reform have driven the expansion and acceptance of harm reduction in North Carolina and the Southern US. She has worked as a harm reduction consultant specializing in women’s health, drug policy reform, and the meaningful engagement of people who use drugs.

She currently serve as the Executive Director for North Carolina Survivors’ Union and is on the leadership team for the national Urban Survivors Union, a growing alliance of drug user unions made up of over nineteen drug user networks located across the US. The leadership team is made up of eight national leaders in the drug user movement, all with expertise in drug-user led research and discovery.

She assisted in the development and implementation of North Carolina's first harm reduction, hepatitis education, testing, and linkage-to-care program and is a North Carolina certified HIV and Hepatitis C Counselor. Louise has been at the forefront of the harm reduction response to illicit drug use in North Carolina and is committed to preventing blood-borne virus transmission and drug-related deaths and improving the health of people who use drugs.
Her research focuses on risk behaviors associated with infection drug use and co-occurring morbidity and mortality among injection drug users, with special interests in women engaged in substance use and preventing violence against women who use drugs. She is enthusiastic about contributing her expertise to the proposed project by overseeing the implementation of activities at NCSU and ensuring that the study take into account the perspectives of directly impacted people.

Louise earned a BA in Sociology from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MS in Counseling Psychology from Wake Forest University.

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Matthew Walton, PhD, MSSW

Social Science Research Analyst
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of Health Data and Analytics
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. Walton is a child welfare researcher with interests in program evaluations of health and social service interventions for children and families. He has experience working in hospital settings and community psychiatric services settings with adult and adolescent patient populations.

Dr. Walton earned an MSW and a PhD from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville where he focused on the study of addiction treatment. He has been credentialed with the Kentucky Board of Social Work as a Certified Social Worker since 2012.

His published research and scholarship has appeared in refereed academic journals such as Child Maltreatment, Social Work, and Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

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Connie White, MD, MS, FACOG

Deputy Commissioner, Clinical Affairs
Kentucky Department for Public Health
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. White practiced as an OB/GYN physician in Frankfort, Kentucky, for over twenty years. She retired from clinical medicine and first worked at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) as the Director of the Division of Women’s Health from 2009-2010. She then joined the College of Public Health as a Clinical Professor at the University of Kentucky (UK) from 2011-2012 in the Department for Health Behavior.

Dr. White returned to KDPH as Deputy Commissioner in 2014. She has served as the Principal Investigator for several grants that included Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Colon Cancer Screening, Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) for Pregnant and Parenting Women, Obesity/Physical Activity, among others.
Dr. White is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College with a BS degree in Chemistry. She earned an MS in Toxicology from the University of Kentucky and worked as a researcher in Teratology at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed medical school training at UK and an OB/GYN residency at University of Louisville. She is certified in OB/GYN by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. White’s professional activities include serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees Frankfort Regional Medical Center and is active in American College of OB/GYN (ACOG), her professional organization currently holding a District office.

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