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Follow-up to BJA COSSAP webinar to discuss rural overdose fatality reviews (OFRs)

On September 17, 2020, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse (COSSAP) Program held a webinar to discuss rural overdose fatality reviews (OFRs).  Presenters discussed methods to expand the use of OFRs into nonurban centers.  Focusing on how to best meet your local community's needs and resources, the webinar featured promising practices from rural-based OFR peers in Union County, Ohio; Winnebago County, Wisconsin; and Starke County, Indiana.

Webinar Facilitator:

  • Melissa Heinen, R.N., M.P.H., Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Webinar Presenters:

Union County, Ohio

  • Juliet McAdam, B.S., Public Health Drug Overdose Prevention coordinator, Union County Health Department

Winnebago County, Wisconsin

  • Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D., owner and consultant, community and nonprofit, Leadership Consulting, LLC, OFR facilitator

  • Stephanie Gyldenvand, M.P.A., Student Community Health Strategist, Winnebago County Health Department OFR project support; grant coordinator

Starke County, Indiana

  • Todd Willis, M.A., LMHC, LCAC, Director of Prevention and Education at Porter Starke Services

  • April Cooke, Chief Deputy Coroner

Related Resources:

COSSAP Resource Center:

Overdose Fatality Review: A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementation:


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