Online ECHO Clinic | November 3, 2020

Presentation Title: Overdose Prevention, Tracking and Response

In this series of presentations, Heidi Lovejoy, shares a data overview of emergency department visits for overdose, psychological distress, and suicide during COVID-19 for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Then, Blue Valentine, Harm Reduction Peer Specialist at the End HIV Oregon Project and Haley Olson from the Lummi Tribal Health Center, share valuable insights to developing local partnerships to prevent, track and respond to opioid overdose. Finally, Dr. Danica Love Brown, Behavioral Health Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, discusses best practices for providing support following an overdose reversal.


Presenter Bios

Heidi Lovejoy, MSc, is an Epidemiologist at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Blue Valentine CHW, Harm Reduction Peer Specialist, currently works as part of a cross-program team of communicable disease, health navigation, and harm reduction staff at Benton County Health Department, as part of the End HIV Oregon Project. Her work includes street and camp outreach, rapid testing, syringe services, client advocacy, naloxone distribution, and HIV and STI education. She coordinates a regional harm reduction group for the Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Siletz region that has a focus on overdose prevention and naloxone access. Blue began working in Harm Reduction in Los Angeles in 1992. She has extensive experience providing HIV/HCV/STI prevention and testing and syringe services to diverse communities, including people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, sex workers, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people living with HIV.

Haley Olsen, is the Family Services Administration Manager at Lummi Indian.

Danica Love Brown, MSW, PhD, is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, born and raised in Northern New Mexico. She currently is the Behavioral Health Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and has worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor, social worker and youth advocate for over 20 years. She has a history of working in the areas of prevention, drug and alcohol/mental health treatment, community and restorative justice, and sexual health with Native American and adjudicated youth, families and women. She specializes in working with culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations and Tribal communities, utilizing a trauma informed care framework.

Presentation Slides

Local Overdose Reporting

Post Overdose Care-Vicarious Trauma

Resources Shared

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program

Breathing Exercise

Community Based Peer Harm Reduction Program Training Topics at Lummi Nation