Lead Behavioral Scientist, Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Team
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Sarah Bacon is the Program Director for Prevention for States and the Data-Driven Prevention Initiative, two state-based opioid overdose prevention initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a practice-oriented prevention scientist with experience spanning the fields of law enforcement, academia and public health. Across these disciplines and different domains, the common thread is her commitment to using data and science to make communities safer. She began her career as a parole officer in Atlanta, where she learned about the nuances of simultaneously addressing the needs of offenders, the needs of communities, and the requirements of state systems, policy and the law. She took this experience with her to graduate school at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned her doctorate degree in criminology. Bacon began her time at CDC in 2010, in the Division of Violence Prevention, where she was the lead scientist for the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, a strategic initiative for implementing and evaluating violence prevention strategies in high-burden communities. While much of her work focuses on evaluation, Bacon is also fully immersed in implementation science and has significant hands-on experience with the implementation realities that often challenge our scientific agendas. She moved to the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention in 2015 to work on opioid overdose prevention.
Tuesday, April 23
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Wednesday, April 24
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM