Melinda Cooper is the program manager at UNIFIED HIV Health and Beyond, where she facilitates various groups and workshops focused on substance abuse harm reduction, including mindfulness, stress reduction, and relapse prevention. She serves as WHI’s Opioid Project Co-Chair.
Alyssa Tumolo is a grants coordinator for the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan (CMHPSM). She serves as a co-chair for the WHI Opioid Project. Alyssa has experience in working with both Federal and State grants in youth prevention, gambling disorder prevention, and substance use services grants. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from … Read more
Dr. Juan Marquez is the acting Medical Director for the Washtenaw County Health Department. He serves as a co-chair for the WHI Opioid Project.
Sara Szczotka is the program manager for the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP) through Home of New Vision. She serves as a co-chair for the WHI Opioid Project.
Matthew Hill is WHI project manager for the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), supporting the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI). In doing so, he manages all project activities and communications, functioning as a key point of contact for the WHI. In addition to supporting the WHI as a whole, he also facilitates WHI working … Read more
After the Burrehophrine prosecutorial policy passed in January of 2021, the Opioid Project recognized race equity issues when methadone was not included in the policy. Both medications are used to treat OUD, however, people of color are more likely to utilize methadone compared to buprenorphine. To address these concerns, the Opioid Project submitted a letter … Read more
After the 2020 election, Washtenaw County’s newly elected prosecutor formed a number of transition teams to address behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system. A member of the WHI Opioid Project workgroup was asked to participate in the prosecutor’s Substance Use Disorder transition team with other Opioid Project workgroup members from UNIFIED HIV Health … Read more