Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

How public health organizations across the U.S. are addressing the crisis

The opioid epidemic is the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Deaths from opioid overdoses, including prescription drugs, fentanyl, and heroin, have escalated over 15X in the past five years in some states. Our panelists are on the front lines of the crisis, attempting to disrupt the spread of addiction in their communities.

Host Adnan Mahmud, CEO of LiveStories, will discuss current programs with panelists from Summit County, OH, and Los Angeles County, CA. Also, time will be allotted for questions from attendees.  

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Meet Our Panelists

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Dr. Tina Kim

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Tina Kim, Ph.D is Director of Research and Evaluation at Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health/Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). Trained as a Research Psychologist in the areas of Social, Cultural and Organizational Psychology, Dr. Kim’s principal areas of professional interest include health disparity, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment, cost-effectiveness, value based payment, and program evaluation. Dr. Kim is very passionate about the application of business and data analytics to health programs, policies, and problems.

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Cory Kendrick

Summit County Public Health

Cory Kendrick has served over fifteen years in county government including eight years in various roles for Summit County Public Health. In his current position as Population Health Director he is responsible for overseeing Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project, chronic disease, community health improvement planning, informatics, epidemiology, performance management / quality assurance, accreditation and WIC. In addition, Cory has diverse capabilities in managing critical information systems infrastructure and implementing efficient, cost cutting technology.  He is local to the Akron, Ohio area having earned a BS from Kent State University and an MBA from Ohio University.

Jackie Pollard

Summit County Public Health

Jackie Pollard LPCC-S, LSW, CDCA is a Professional Clinical Counselor with supervisory endorsement, a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and has over 30 years’ experience working in social services.  She is currently employed by the Summit County Public Health as the Assistant Director of Community Health.  As such she provides the oversight to a variety of programs, with a specialty in addiction services.  She has worked in the past as a mental health therapist, and alcohol and drug counselor with individuals and families and specializes in working with people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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