Overdose Disparities Series: Ohio’s Current Drug Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Efforts
The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training to prevention practitioners in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.
This 90 minute webinar will highlight trends in overdose rates in Ohio with an emphasis on disparities and the strategies being implemented to engage disparate populations in overdose prevention. This webinar is the first in a series of webinars that will highlight the overdose prevention efforts in the states in Region 5.
- Provide a snapshot of the overdose crisis in Region 5
- Review Ohio Department of Health’s naloxone distribution network (Project DAWN) and COVID-19 strategies
- Review the Ohio Overdose Prevention Network, a collaborative action group of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership coalition
- Discuss plans to implement recommendations from the state Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint.
Intended Audience: Prevention specialists, naloxone coordinators, naloxone providers, harm reduction specialists, public health officials
Sierra Dantzler, MPH, CPH
Community Naloxone Distribution/Project DAWN
Ohio Department of Health
Sierra Dantzler is a Program Manager at Ohio Department of Health, where she manages the Project DAWN program – the state health department’s community naloxone distribution initiative. Sierra coordinates the distribution network to ensure Ohio’s most at-risk populations have adequate access to harm reduction resources and wraparound services.
Prior to her work at Ohio Department of Health, Sierra served as a Public Health Analyst for Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as part the Opioid Response Strategy initiative, where she provided technical assistance and guidance to local community organizations to assist them in the implementation of evidence-based overdose response strategies.
As a devoted public health professional, Sierra is passionate about improving the quality of life for all people and believes change starts with compassion, empathy, and altruism.
Sierra received a bachelor’s degree from University of California Irvine and a master’s degree from University of Kentucky.