Overdose Disparities Series, HHS Region 5: Contactless Overdose Prevention Strategies in Wisconsin and Indiana During COVID-19


The Great Lakes PTTC offers this training for prevention practitioners and behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training was developed in response to a need identified by stakeholders in our region.


This one-hour webinar will highlight trends in overdose rates in Region 5 with an emphasis on disparities and the strategies being implemented to engage disparate populations in overdose prevention. 


This webinar is the third in a series of webinars that highlight the overdose prevention efforts in Region 5.  Today focuses on overdose prevention and harm reduction initiatives in Wisconsin and Indiana with an emphasis on contactless naloxone dissemination and training during COVID-19.


Learning Objectives

  • Challenges implementing harm reduction strategies during COVID-19
  • Indiana Department of Health’s statewide naloxone program
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services harm reduction services



Christine Niemuth
President of Hope Consulting 

Christy NiemuthChristy Niemuth, MA, is the Opioid Harm Prevention Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Community Health Promotion.  She has been working in the field of substance abuse prevention and intervention services for over 15 years. Ms. Niemuth served as the National Prevention Network representative for the State of Wisconsin for 10 years and as the Coordinator for the state’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Overdose Prevention grant as well as the Prevention Coordinator for the State Targeted Response and State Opioid Response grants for the past several years. She is currently coordinating the Division of Public Health’s Overdose Data to Action Grant from the CDC.  Previously, Ms. Niemuth worked at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Population Health Institute and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, providing evaluation services on multiple federal substance abuse prevention-related grant projects. 



Cassidy McNamee, MPH
Naloxone Program Manager/COVID Vaccine Deployment Team
Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention

Cassidy McNameeCassidy earned her master’s degree in public health at Indiana University-Purdue with a concentration in health policy and management. As the naloxone program manager within the Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention at the Indiana Department of Health, Cassidy manages two statewide naloxone grant opportunities and conducts naloxone administration trainings across the state.

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