Event Panel Members
Connecticut Addiction Medicine
Dr. Edith Hergan graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, with a Bachelor in Science degree, Cum Laude, in Biology. She completed a Master of Science degree in Cardiac Physiology and an MD degree from The Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Hergan completed her internship at the Michael Reese Hospital and her Anesthesiology residency at University of Illinois - Humana Hospital in Chicago, IL. She completed a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Illinois - Humana Hospital. During her years of practice, Dr. Hergan has received numerous academic and clinical honors that include serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor at both the University of Illinois and Medical Colleges of Wisconsin. She has also served as Chief and Medical Director of Anesthesia and Preoperative Medical and Pain Management at University of Illinois Hospitals and Medical Colleges of Wisconsin. She is currently a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Hergan devotes her full-time practice to all aspects of Addiction Medicine at Connecticut Addiction Medicine.
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Health Care Resource Centers (Formaly Community Substance Abuse Centers)
Carol Massoud-Leroy, M.Ed., LADC, LMHCPractice Manager-15 years at Health Care Resource Centers (formerly known as Community Substance Abuse Centers Clinical Director-5 years at Community Substance Abuse Centers in Western Massachusetts. Oversaw the clinical departments for four different sites.
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Boston State College CARF accreditation surveyor for 15 years. Member of a team that conducts accreditation visits nationally for Outpatient Treatment Programs
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,strong>Aliza Castrohas worked in the behavioral health field for over twenty years. Ms. Castro has worked both in prevention and treatment and is currently a Senior Clinical Supervisor for the Hartford Dispensary. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, supervises Hartford Dispensary’s Weston Street Clinic and is a member of the Hartford Dispensary executive team.
Ms. Castro manages a methadone maintenance facility with 900+ patients. She strives to deliver quality behavioral healthcare treatment to opioid addicted individuals in the Greater Hartford community. Ms. Castro has presented at The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence national conferences on “Integrating Evidence Based Therapies for Co-Occurring Disorders” and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD”.
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Katie Strahowski, APRN, FNP-C, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at CleanSlate Centers’ 85 Gillette Street location in Hartford. Prior to CleanSlate, she worked in an array of critical care settings at a Level 1 trauma hospital, where she witnessed the devastating consequences of addiction on patients and their families. Katie is passionate about fighting back against this deadly disease and helping patients achieve the lives they want and deserve through evidence-based addiction medicine and CleanSlate’s commitment to providing compassionate, individualized care.
Katie received her BSN from Saint Joseph College and her MSN from the University of St. Joseph.
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Founder / Executive Director Grater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.
Mark Jenkins has worked in the field of Harm Reduction and Public Health for the past eighteen years He has delivered innovative prevention/interventions to the most vulnerable members of central Connecticut communities. Mr. Jenkins started in the field as an AIDS Risk Reduction Outreach Worker (ARROW) for the Perception programs in Willimantic. In his subsequent work with Community Renewal Team (CRT) and the Hispanic Health Council he further cultivated progressive strategies for reaching and delivering services to our most difficult-to-reach populations. ...
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Director of Hartford Health and Human Services
The author of the book Sailing on Broken Pieces: Essential Survival Skills for Recovery from Mental Illness, Dr Rhule is responsible for developing plans, policies and programmes to address the needs of the citizen of Hartford’s health and human services.
The position also involves the implementation of State-mandated services and programmes pertaining to health and human services. Other duties will include the management and development of capital improvement projects, and the administration of grants and contracts.
Hartford is Connecticut’s fourth-largest city with a population of 125,000, according to the last US census.
City of Hartford Dept. of Health & Human Services
In Collaboration with the
Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.
Invite you to join us for a
OPIOID OVERDOSE AWARENESS & PREVENTION
Part 4: Medication Assisted Treatment & A Community Conversation
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center at Pope Park
30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford, CT 06106
PURPOSE: In connection with National Prevention Week, the 4th and final in the Community Forum Series will be a discussion highlighting Medication Assisted Treatment, the myths and the facts. We will also have a healthy conversation with residents, parents and community stakeholders about the opioid epidemic, its effect locally and statewide.
If you ever had a question on how to get help with a substance use disorder or need help accessing services, this is the place to be! Watch and learn what is being done to address this crisis.