Opioids

Patrick Shannon

In the Business of Keeping People Alive: Notes from a Public Health Judge

Hon. Patrick Shannon, MPH ’92

Judge Patrick Shannon looks forward to Mondays, when he sees firsthand the spectrum of problems that arise from the current national opioid epidemic. The stories he hears include abuse, neglect, and mental health. Instead of handing out jail sentences, Shannon has helped implement “the public health approach” in offering alternatives to jail time—prevention, intervention, and treatment. Read more

Rachel Jantz

Never Lose Sight of the People behind the Data

Rachel Jantz, MPH ’14

Rachel Jantz has wanted to care for people in her community since she was a child. She discovered in college that she loves data. Public health, specifically epidemiology, brought those loves together for her. As an opioids epidemiologist in Michigan, she works to connect human experiences and data to help people stay healthy. Read more

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Honoring the Legacies of Those She Loves

Carmelita Perrien Naccarato

Growing up, bachelor's student Carmelita Perrien Naccarato was surrounded by the untimely deaths of family members. But their stories became one of the driving forces behind her interest in health. Now at Michigan Public Health, honoring the legacy of those she loves inspires her pursuit of public health. Read more

Hollie Kicinski

Analyst by Day, Anthropologist by Heart

Hollie Kicinski, MPH ’17

Anthropology showed her how the human body works in its environment. Nutritional Sciences taught her to interpret and apply data. Now Hollie Kicinski is bringing it all together to improve public health across the state of Indiana. Read more