Track 3 - Behavioral Health (Substance Abuse

Mental Health

Violence Prevention)

Sharing Session - 30 Minutes

D6 - The Opioid Epidemic: The Role of a Local Health Department

Wednesday, July 11
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon F/G

The increase in opioid-related deaths is widespread throughout the country, cutting across ethnic background and social economic status. The federal government has declared a public health emergency on the opioid crises ravaging many communities in the United States. This presentation will explore how local health departments can use collaborative efforts and coordinated activities to reach agencies and community partners to reduce opioid-related deaths and reduce incidences of drug use in the community.


Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Violence and Injury Prevention

Paschal Nwako, PhD, MPH, REHS, CHES, DAAS

County Health Officer
Camden County Department of Health & Human Services

Doctorate degree (PhD) Health Sciences from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Rutgers University in New Jersey. As the County Health Officer, Public Health Coordinator, Division Director of Environmental Health and Division Director of Community Health, I am the designated official in the county to deal with issues regarding substance abuse and opioid addiction. As the supervisor of the County Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abuse and Mental health Coordinator and under the general direction of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, develops and administers a wide range of public health program which includes but not limited to environmental health services, maternal and child health services, public health nursing service, communicable and chronic disease control services, substance abuse and mental health services, public health laboratory service and health education services.
Perform duties as the County Health Officer of all 37 municipal boards of health within the county and as their general agent for the enforcement of their health ordinances and health laws of the state and federal government.
Coordinates the evaluation of public health services, problems and needs of the public and works with community groups to help them recognize their public health problems and methods of solving them.


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