Elevate Health Community Conversations is a series of public events, sponsored by Elevate Health in collaboration with community partners and local organizations. Community Conversations aim to heighten public awareness about issues pertaining to health, health equity and health related social needs in the South Sound Region. For those unable to attend the original events online or in-person, they are recorded and archived here for easy access.
This conversation, sponsored in collaboration with Key Peninsula Healthy Community, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and other local organizations, occurred on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Vaughn, Wash., with an emphasis on the prevalence of Fentanyl and its effects in the area.
The views of the panelists do not necessarily reflect ElevateHealth and our mission to bring equitable, whole-person health to all.
Thank you to our SponsorsKey Peninsula Healthy Communities
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Taskforce
Thank you to our EmceeDan Whitmarsh, Pastor, Lakebay Community Church
Thank you to our Panelists and Discussion HostsPaul LaKosky, PhD.: is Executive Director of the Dave Purchase Project, NASEN and the Tacoma Needle Exchange. Paul is a cultural anthropologist, long-time public health researcher, and a nationally-recognized authority on harm reduction.
Stephanie Wood: is a Program Analyst for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and a data consultant to the County’s Opioid Task Force. Before working at the health department, she worked in harm reduction and human services with people experiencing homelessness, substance use disorder and incarceration.
Leia Snyder: is the Senior Community Outreach Coordinator at Recovery Village in Ridgefield, WA. Leia works to provide support and resources to individuals and businesses looking for substance use and co-occurring mental disorder treatment.
Derek Murphy: is Director of Clinical Services at Olalla Recovery Centers. Derek is a master’s level registered addiction specialist, a federally qualified substance abuse professional, and a member of the Pierce County Opioid Task Force.
Raquel Campuzano: is the Community Outreach Specialist for Pierce County Project Access, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that connects low-income and uninsured individuals to the care they need. Raquel has a diverse background in health care, project management, and leadership.
Thank you to our Venue and Transportation PartnersKey Peninsula Civic Center
Around The Sound
Thank you to our Audio Visual TeamJoshua Wiersma
Thank you to our Planning TeamAphrodite Sauser, Behavioral Health Integration Manager Elevate Health
Chelsea Amato, Opioid Task Force Coordinator Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force
Dan Whitmarsh, Pastor Lakeview Community Church
Daniel Burdsall, Communities of Focus Liaison Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Kelsey Horne, Community Engagement Manager Elevate Health
Robert Marshall Wells, Director of Communications at Elevate Health
ShyAnn Keenan, Interim Opioid Task Force Coordinator Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force
Stephanie Wood, Pierce County Data Analyst Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Susan and Ben Paganelli, Directors Key Peninsula Healthy Communities