OFR Webinar: Leading the Charge Everything I Know Now, I Wish I Knew Then

Publication Date: 4/24/2024

Join us for a webinar where experts from the New Jersey Department of Health and Altarum’s Community Health share their insights and experiences while leading and developing locally based overdose fatality review (OFR) initiatives. OFR involves a series of confidential individual death reviews by a multidisciplinary team to effectively identify system gaps and innovative community-specific opportunities to prevent future overdoses. This peer-to-peer conversation will highlight the realities faced by OFRs and existing resources to help navigate the complexities of implementation and expansion.

Meet Your Presenters 

  • Jessica Atkinson serves as the project director for the New Jersey Department of Health’s OFR teams. With more than a decade of experience, she offers a wealth of knowledge on interdisciplinary health services in state and local sectors.  
  • Julius Dupree is a BJA Policy Advisor who oversees and manages projects that provide financial and training and technical assistance (TTA) resources to the criminal justice field, including OFR TTA.  
  • Melissa Heinen is the OFR manager for IIR. With extensive knowledge and experience, she provides oversight of staff members and programmatic activities, including coordination and provision of support to OFR teams.  
  • Tyrina Taylor is a behavioral health technical assistance specialist for Altarum’s Community Health. With 12 years of experience in public health, she is a leading expert in community-based partnerships to decrease drug overdoses and formerly worked with the Butler County, Ohio, OFR.
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