County Health Confronts the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid crisis has shifted from prescription drugs to illegal opiates like heroin and fentanyl, a highly potent and deadly drug. Public health departments are partnering across departments and sectors to slow the skyrocketing overdose death rates.

County health professionals from the Shelby County, Tennessee and Marin County, California will share information on their programs targeted at stemming the epidemic in their communities.  Then host Adnan Mahmud will field questions from attendees for the panelists.

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David Sweat Shelby County TN

David Sweat, MPH

Shelby County Health Department

David Sweat earned his Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1993. He has spent the past 25 years working in public health in academic, government and non-profit sectors. Most of his career has been focused on infectious disease epidemiology, primarily working on respiratory and food borne disease investigation and response efforts. Since 2013, he has been the Chief of Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases with the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis, TN. He guides all their epidemiology programs as well as develops strategies on new and emerging public health threats, including the opioid epidemic.

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Courtney Serra, MPH

Shelby County Health Department

Courtney Serra is a public health data analyst with the Shelby County Health Department Bureau of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases in Memphis, TN. She earned her Masters in Public Health from the University at Albany SUNY – School of Public Health in 2016. Since then she has worked in various data analytics roles both with state and county-level public health departments. Since joining Shelby County in 2017, she has worked extensively with opioid-related data and contributed to the county's opioid response efforts.

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Karina Arámbula, MPH

Marin County Department of Health and Human Services

Karina Arámbula has served as Epidemiologist with Marin County DHHS Division of Public Health for over 10 years. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and her Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Her responsibilities include data surveillance activities, conducting analysis, and sharing findings in reports and presentations. Additionally, she provides internal and external consulting services to the department and community agencies on epidemiology, study design, and data analysis.


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