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Opioid & Prescription Drug Speaker Series

April 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Featuring speakers Kathryn Barker and Jessica Johnson on, “The role of local public health in the opioid epidemic.”

The opioid epidemic is a major public health crisis in the United States. Local health departments can play an impactful role in addressing the epidemic on the front lines. This presentation will cover the factors driving this crisis (e.g., access to care, stigma, prescribing practices, etc.) and highlight how the Southern Nevada Health District has partnered with community agencies to address the issue. We will include an overview on assessment, data collection and analysis, prevention and public awareness, policy and advocacy, coalition and collaboration, bloodborne disease prevention associated with injection drug use, and harm reduction principles.

About Speaker Kathryn Marker:
Kathryn Barker is an Epidemiologist in the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Southern Nevada Health District where she leads efforts to develop and improve surveillance within the fields of injury and infectious disease. Prior to working at Southern Nevada Health District, Ms. Barker was an academic research compliance coordinator at the University of Idaho, a research assistant on the Pregnancy Health Interview Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center, and a data analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Barker received her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University and a BS in Behavioral Science and Health from University of Utah.

About Speaker Jessica Johnson:
Jessica Johnson is a Health Educator II at the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Southern Nevada Health District where she supports education efforts related to injury and infectious disease. Prior to her time at SNHD, she worked at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center in the Family Medicine Residency Program educating providers on patient engagement strategies for a variety of wellness-related topics. She received her MPH from Oregon State University in health promotion health behavior, and continues to be fascinated with all aspects of human behavior change. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and a Prevention Specialist through the Nevada Behavioral Health Association.

To register, email mmayes@drugfreelasvegas.org.
Note: Parking is free for registered guests.


April 24, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility
Las Vegas, NV United States
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