This is a moderated panel discussion on the impact of the opioid crisis on families and communities in our region. Our distinguished panelists will also share new initiatives and approaches that are helping bend the arc of this devastating epidemic.
The panel will be moderated by Terry DeMio, the Cincinnati Enquirer staff writer who was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for her moving special report, “Seven Days of Heroin.” DeMio received training at the American Society of Addiction Medication, and she works as a full-time heroin beat reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Our distinguished panelists include:
James Canfield, PhD: Assistant Professor at the UC College of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Canfield’s area of research & practice is focused on the impact of homelessness and poverty on child, youth, families and health disparities.
Angela Clark, PhD: Assistant Professor at the UC College of Nursing, Dr. Clark’s research has highlighted the dire need for widespread prevention efforts regarding the opioid overdose epidemic that is plaguing the country. Dr. Clark has ten years of clinical and public health nursing experience and has focused on the identification and treatment of at-risk communities and individuals.
Lori Criss: Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Criss comes to Governor Mike DeWine’s Cabinet with over 20 years of operations and leadership experience with addiction and trauma treatment. Director Criss has extensive experience in policy related to recovery housing, opiate addiction, and integrated physical and behavioral healthcare.
Lisbet Hope Portman: VP of Digital Content & Strategy at Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminated addiction as a major health problem. Ms. Portman has advocated for treatment access and reform as a writer, research, and teacher for over a decade with a focus on science translation and education.
J.D. Vance: New York Times Best Selling author who recently returned to his home state of Ohio. Vance, an Investor in Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mithril Capital is also managing partner of the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, a $150 million early stage venture capital fund. Vance has begun creating his nonprofit, Our Ohio Renewal, to work on the opioid epidemic and other socio-economic challenges that he himself grew up with and that Ohio families face today.