This week, NJRC joined with Union City Mayor Brian Stack and the Union City Board of Education to host a Substance Abuse Awareness Seminar, “Saving Our Children,” at Union City High School. The focus of the event was on the dangers of heroin, opioids, and fentanyl. Doctors and healthcare professionals participated in a panel discussion to educate parents, students, and community members about the gravity of the opioid crisis as well as provide advice for detecting and preventing opioid use.
Thank you to all participants: Mayor Brian P. Stack, Union City; Mercedes Joaquin, Director of Community Relations, Union City Board of Education; Rev. Bolivar Flores, Case Manager, Latino Outreach, Jersey City Employment & Training Program (JCETP); Richard Molinari, Police Chief, Union City; Anthony Jenkins, Union City Prevention Coalition; Dr. Gina Diaz, West New York Health Department; Dr. Tanya Pagan, DHHS HRSA Office of Regional Operations; Dr. Aakash Shah, Medical Director, NJRC; Dr. Amir M. Friedman, MD, Interim Medical Director, Alliance Community Healthcare; Michael Litterer, Director, Institute of Prevention, RWJBarnabas Health; Joe Scott, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health; Dr. Connie Sensor, Director, School Nurse Program, Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark; John Bardis, Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Major Juan Colon, New Jersey State Police Department; Jon Cordova, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, HHS; Dennis González, Regional Director, HHS, Region II; Johnny Torres, Director, Save Latin America; Rasheed Williams, Chief of Staff, HHS; Melissa Acree, Executive Director, NJ 2-1-1; Hector Quinones, Director, Drug Free NJ; Tanita Reams, Mental Health Association, NJ Connect for Recovery; Liliana Villanueva, Social Worker, CareFinders Total Care; Roger Jones, Chairman, JCETP. Photos by Stefanie Campolo
More photos can be viewed in NJRC’s Facebook album.