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2021 Virtual National Mid-Year Meeting
Overdose Fatality Review


From the Field—Unifying Policy and Practice Standards
Wednesday, August 25

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Wednesday, August 25

Welcome and Housekeeping
1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. (ET)

Welcome and Housekeeping

This session is the official welcome and will include an overview of the agenda and how to use the Shindig platform.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leadership welcome participants.

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Kristen Mahoney, J.D.
Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Deputy Director for Programs

Grant Baldwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Overdose Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overdose Fatality Review (OFR)/Public Health and Safety Teams (PHAST) Overview
1:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Overdose Fatality Review (OFR)/Public Health and Safety Teams (PHAST) Overview

Building on the momentum of local efforts, national experts will discuss the convergence of OFR and PHAST.  The Public Health and Safety Team (PHAST) Toolkit is designed to reduce opioid overdose deaths by using aggregate data and increasing collaboration among all sectors, with a focus on public health and public safety agencies.  The PHAST Toolkit is a companion document to the Overdose Fatality Review: Practitioner’s Guide to Implementation.  The OFR Toolkit is designed to walk multidisciplinary teams through a series of confidential individual death reviews to effectively identify system gaps and innovative community-specific overdose prevention and intervention strategies.  Both OFR and PHAST engage partners through the “SOS” process, which stands for 1) shared understanding, 2) optimized capacity, and 3) shared accountability.

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

OFR/PHAST Video—360° Overdose Data to Action
1:30 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. (ET)

OFR/PHAST Video—360° Overdose Data to Action

This video explains to any audience using the Public Health and Safety Team (PHAST) framework or implementing overdose fatality reviews how and why a comprehensive (360 degree) approach to overdose prevention incorporates both strategies.  The video was developed by Impact Marketing and Communications and is being premiered here at the Overdose Fatality Review Mid-Year Meeting.

Question and Answer
1:35 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. (ET)

Question and Answer

National experts are available to answer questions from the field on how to implement a unified OFR/PHAST initiative.

Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ocean County, New Jersey, Spotlight
1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. (ET)

Ocean County, New Jersey, Spotlight

This session will provide an overview of the evolution of the Ocean County Overdose Fatality Review Program (OC-OFRP). OC-OFRP is managed through the Ocean County Health Department in New Jersey and is a county-level program established in 2017.  It was originally based on the RxStat Model (New York/
New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) with strong executive and subcommittee models for action. Starting in fall 2020, it became a funded program through the New Jersey Department of Health to continue the fatality review and to serve as a technical advisor to other fatality reviews in New Jersey.

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kimberly Reilly, M.A., L.P.C.
County Alcohol and Drug Coordinator, Ocean County, New Jersey, Health Department

New York City, New York, Spotlight
2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. (ET)

New York City, New York, Spotlight

This session will provide an overview of the evolution of New York City’s (NYC) Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) efforts. The NYC OFR is managed through
New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner, is funded through the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and was established
in 2016 using the RxStat model. The NYC OFR has strong public health and public safety partnerships.

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jason Graham, M.D.
First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Margaret Moore, M.A.
Senior Policy Analyst, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner and New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Theresa Tobin, Ph.D., M.A.
Chief of Interagency Operations, New York Police Department

Break/Networking
2:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. (ET)

Break/Networking

Conversation With the Field: Question and Answer
2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Conversation With the Field: Question and Answer

Panelists from successful local programs are available to answer questions from participants about unifying OFR and PHAST efforts.

Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kimberly Reilly, M.A., L.P.C.
County Alcohol and Drug Coordinator, Ocean County, New Jersey, Health Department

Jason Graham, M.D.
First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Margaret Moore, M.A.
Senior Policy Analyst, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner and New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Theresa Tobin, Ph.D., M.A.
Chief of Interagency Operations, New York Police Department

Coming Soon
3:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. (ET)

Coming Soon

This session will unveil new and upcoming initiatives to support local efforts in continuing to develop policy and practices to reduce overdose deaths while informing national standards.

Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Wrap Up
3:40 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Wrap Up

This session, with a short online evaluation and closing remarks, will complete the mid-year meeting.

Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Adjourn
4:00 p.m. (ET)

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presenter icon Grant Baldwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Overdose Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Grant Baldwin is the Director of the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.  He leads the division in monitoring trends in the drug overdose epidemic and other emerging drug threats, identifying and scaling up prevention activities to address the evolving drug crisis, and supporting local drug-free community coalitions.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Baldwin served as the Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention for 11 years, where he helped raise the profile of motor vehicle injury prevention, advanced work in older adult fall prevention and traumatic brain injury prevention, and established the initial CDC response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic.

As the scope, scale, and complexity of America’s drug overdose epidemic changed, the Division of Overdose Prevention was created to serve as a necessary and essential focal point to CDC’s more expansive and diversified work in the area.  Dr. Baldwin has served at CDC for more than 20 years.

Dr. Baldwin received his doctorate in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan.  He received a master’s of public health in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University and is currently an affiliated professor at Emory University.  Dr. Baldwin has given keynote addresses and provided remarks at more than 100 state, national, and international conferences and meetings; has authored or coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications; and has received awards of excellence for his leadership and teaching.

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presenter icon Jason Graham, M.D.
First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Jason Graham serves as First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York.  Dr. Graham joined the City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner in 2006 as a city medical examiner and served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in charge of the borough of Manhattan before being appointed to his present position in 2013.  He concurrently holds a faculty appointment as clinical associate professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.

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presenter icon Kimberly Reilly, M.A., L.P.C.
County Alcohol and Drug Coordinator, Ocean County, New Jersey, Health Department

Ms. Kimberly Reilly has a masters in counseling psychology and is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey.  She is the coordinator for the Department of Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Opioid Dependency at the Ocean County Health Department and has been the lead in the Ocean County Overdose Fatality Review since December 2016.

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presenter icon Kristen Mahoney, J.D.
Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Deputy Director for Programs

Ms. Kristen Mahoney serves as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the Office of Justice Programs.  As such, she is responsible for the management of nearly 7,916 awards totaling $4,491,467,168.  She has comprehensive and practical experience creating criminal justice policies, programming, and technical assistance that aid state, local, and tribal communities.  Ms. Mahoney has provided national leadership and outreach on criminal justice issues by identifying and supporting evidence-based programs, best practices, and innovative approaches to challenges facing criminal justice stakeholders.  In 2016, she was recognized for her work developing and implementing the Violence Reduction Network (now the National Public Safety Partnership) and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive by President Barack Obama.

From 2006–2012, Ms. Mahoney served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for the State of Maryland.  She came to state government after serving as the Chief of Technical Services for the Baltimore Police Department and the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice for the City of Baltimore.  Ms. Mahoney received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore and her B.A. from Sweet Briar College.  She is a member of the Maryland Bar and has practiced law with the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, specializing in the representation of abused and neglected children.

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presenter icon Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Advisor, IPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Justice

Dr. Mallory O’Brien is trained as an epidemiologist and is currently serving as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the overdose fatality review (OFR) subject-matter expert and as a senior research advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice.  She has extensive experience developing, leading, and training on incident reviews.  Dr. O’Brien developed and piloted the Wisconsin OFR process and data collection tool.  During her time with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program, she led the OFR efforts.  Dr. O’Brien is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Additional Biography Information:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mallory-o-brien-26701a10/
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presenter icon Margaret Moore, M.A.
Senior Policy Analyst, City of New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner and New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Ms. Margaret Moore coordinates the New York City, New York, Overdose Fatality Review (OFR), which is housed in the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and is funded through the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Ms. Moore has worked on a variety of New York/New Jersey HIDTA investments in public health and safety partnerships since 2016, including the Overdose Response Strategy and the New York City RxStat.  She currently works within OCME’s Drug Intelligence and Intervention Group, where she coordinates quarterly OFRs.

Additional Biography Information:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/margaret-moore-95a727126

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presenter icon Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Ms. Melissa Heinen is a senior research associate for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research.  She is responsible for providing overdose fatality review training and technical assistance.  She has more than 20 years of experience working in injury and violence epidemiology and prevention at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Additional Biography Information:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-heinen-94660929/
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presenter icon Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H.
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Stephanie Rubel, M.P.H., is a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP).  As a member of the Public Health and Public Safety Team within the Prevention Programs and Evaluation Branch, Ms. Rubel’s work focuses on supporting coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement and other first responders, criminal justice agencies, and public health professionals to reduce overdose deaths and associated harms.  She has 20 years of public health program and evaluation experience, five of which were dedicated to evaluating and enhancing multi-sector public health emergency preparedness and response.  Ms. Rubel led the development of the Public Health and Safety Teams (PHAST) framework, which guides local jurisdictions to improve data sharing and data-informed multi-sector overdose prevention efforts.  She serves as the CDC Coordinator for the Opioid Rapid Response Program (ORRP), a federal interagency program designed to help states mitigate overdose risk among patients impacted by disruptions in care due to legal or regulatory actions against a prescriber.

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presenter icon Theresa Tobin, Ph.D., M.A.
Chief of Interagency Operations, New York Police Department

Chief Theresa C. Tobin joined the New York Police Department (NYPD) in 1983 and began her career on patrol in South Jamaica, Queens.  She was promoted through the ranks to her current title of Chief of Interagency Operations, overseeing and facilitating the NYPD’s transition of certain non-emergency responsibilities to other appropriate primary agencies while maintaining support for those missions through a public safety scope.  Additionally Chief Tobin oversees the Behavioral Health Division, which works with components of the criminal justice system, other government agencies in health care, mental health advocates, and community members.  Chief Tobin earned a Ph.D. and a master of arts degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in social work, and a bachelor of science degree in sociology/social work.  During her career,
Chief Tobin has received numerous honors and medals including the NYPD’s Medal of Valor and a Special Congressional Recognition in honor of her heroism, bravery, and sacrifice during the tumultuous events of September 11, 2001.  She has been a New York State certified social worker since 1985.  Chief Tobin is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, the Police Management Institute, and Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

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