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Ep. 135 – More Than Just Awareness: Katie Park, Matt Butler, & Jennifer Simpson, Ashtabula County

2019-01-11T09:28:37+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Katie Park, the Ashtabula County Prevention Coalition Coordinator, as well as two clinical supervisors – Matt Butler from Community Counseling and Jennifer Simpson from Signature Health. Katie, Matt, and Jennifer have been working within Ashtabula County to help treat those affected by the opioid epidemic. Greg asks Katie, Matt, and [...]

Ep. 128 – Better Policy through Communication: Keary McCarthy, Mayors Alliance

2019-01-11T09:22:27+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Keary McCarthy, the Executive Director of the Ohio Mayors Alliance. The Ohio Mayors Alliance is a coalition of mayors from Ohio’s 30 largest urban and suburban communities, which works to advance priority policies, strengthen economic vibrancy, and better advocate for local communities through collaboration and communication. Greg asks Keary about [...]

Ep. 121 – A Direct Line to Treatment: Thom Olmstead, Orlando Howard, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2019-01-11T09:15:51+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Thom Olmstead, the Director of University Partner Collaborations at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as well as Orlando Howard, the Manager of Outpatient Treatment Services at Rosary Hall. The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Rosary Hall are currently running a pilot program that offers free Uber rides to those [...]

Ep. 118 – Fighting Misperceptions on Adolescent Substance Abuse: Dr. Sarah Friebert, Akron Children’s Hospital

2019-01-11T09:11:18+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Sarah Friebert, the Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at Akron Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Palliative Care Center provides care to children that are affected by complex, chronic, or serious conditions. Greg asks Dr. Friebert about the truth behind the perception that heroin usage begins after high school. She explains [...]

Ep. 117 – (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project: Emelia Sherin, Kent State University

2019-01-11T09:10:18+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Stories|

Greg interviews Emelia Sherin, a sophomore public relations student at Kent State University. Emelia recently wrote a play covering the perspective and daily struggle of those suffering from substance abuse disorder. Greg asks Emelia about her own experiences and what inspired the play. She explains that outside of what she’s seen and [...]

Ep. 114 – Building an Accessible Resource: Bill Ayars, The Emerald Jenny Foundation

2019-01-11T08:58:12+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Bill Ayars, the founder of The Emerald Jenny Foundation, a comprehensive database of recovery resources in Ohio. Created in memory of his daughter Jennifer Emerald Ayars, the foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families find treatment for their loved ones. Greg asks Bill about the challenges he and [...]

Ep. 109 – Uniting Faith and Community in Outreach: Rosalie Canfield, Hope Over Heroin

2019-01-10T16:48:12+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Rosalie Canfield, the Director of Operations for Hope Over Heroin. Hope Over Heroin is a collaborative, faith-based organization that aims to unite addiction and recovery resources in one location, so that those suffering from substance abuse disorders can find the help they need. Greg asks Rosalie about how Hope Over [...]

Ep. 108 – Removing Obstacles for Recovery: Capt. Park, Dr. Andric, & Dr. Schlosser, Palm Beach

2019-01-10T16:47:43+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Capt. Houston Park, Dr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Marc Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida.  The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get [...]

Ep. 107 – A Community Effort: Bud Lytle, Chilicothe Police Department

2019-01-10T16:46:14+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Officer Bud Lytle, a Public Information and Crime Prevention Officer for the Chilicothe Police Department.  Bud and his department have shifted from traditional police tactics to approaches more in line with social work to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in their county. Greg asks Bud about how the Chilicothe [...]

Ep. 106 – Hub & Spoke, Creating a Continuum of Care: Barbara Cimaglio, Vermont Department of Health

2019-01-10T16:45:46+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Barbara Cimaglio, the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health. In 2012, Barbara and her department initiated the establishment of a “hub and spoke” model to address the growing opioid epidemic in their state. The model, referred to as the Care Alliance for Opioid Addiction, works to address the [...]

Ep. 104 – How to Be a Respectable Junkie: Greg Vovos, Dobama Theatre

2019-01-10T16:44:08+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery Stories, Stories|

Greg interviews Greg Vovos, a playwright and director who has worked in Cleveland theater since 1998. While Greg has written a myriad of plays, he’s also worked consistently for the Theatre of Healthy Living at the Fine Arts Association; crafting plays for high schools, detention centers, and youth prisons about issues like [...]

Ep. 102 – Simplifying the Search for Providers: Tim Elliott, The Dalton Foundation

2019-01-10T16:43:17+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories|

Greg interviews Tim Elliott, the Executive Director of Re-Entry & Addiction Recovery at The Dalton Foundation, which has worked to provide assistance to organizations meeting the medical needs of the less fortunate since 2001. Though he first began his career in cars, Tim has spent the past thirty years as an advocate [...]

Ep. 101 – Bringing the Church into the Fray: Pastor Greg Delaney, Faith Collaborator

2019-01-10T16:42:53+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories|

Greg interviews Pastor Greg Delaney, the faith collaborator for Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Heroin/Outreach Unit. As the faith collaborator, Pastor Delaney travels with Attorney General DeWine and speaks to church communities and other faith leaders on how they can better address the heroin epidemic. Greg asks Pastor Delaney about recovery churches, their set [...]

Ep. 99 – Digital Support on Demand: Brian Bailys, Ascent

2019-01-10T16:41:49+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Brian Bailys, the founder of Ascent, which specializes in connecting peer recovery coaches with those in recovery through a smart phone app. Together they speak with David, one of Brian’s client’s that’s currently in recovery and using the Ascent mobile app. Greg asks David about his experience with the app and [...]

Ep. 92 – Reclaiming Life Through Athletic Recovery: Scott Strode, Phoenix Multisport

2019-01-10T16:36:15+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Podcasts, Recovery, Recovery Stories, Treatment/Programs|

Greg is joined by Jessica Nickel, the CEO and founder of the Addiction Policy Forum. Together, they interview Scott Strode, the CEO and founder of Phoenix Multisport—a unique recovery community teaching those struggling with substance abuse the skills and disciplines to stay sober via athletic training. Greg asks Scott about how Phoenix Multisport [...]

Ep. 88 – Bridging the Gap in Community Treatment: Chris Hickey, Safe Stations

2019-01-10T16:34:24+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Recovery|

Greg is joined by Jessica Nickel, the CEO and founder of the Addiction Policy Forum. Together, they interview Chris Hickey, an EMS Officer from the Manchester Fire Department in New Hampshire. Chris is the creator of the Safe Stations program, a service that’s transforming New Hampshire fire stations into non-judgmental locations where people [...]

Ep. 86 – Why Trauma Issues Need to Be Addressed Early: Joel Mowery, Mental Health & Recovery Board

2019-01-10T16:33:13+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery, Stories|

Greg interviews Joel Mowrey, the Executive Director of The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County. Kelly Hart, a recovering addict, also joins the duo. Located in Portage County, Ohio, The Mental Health and Recovery Board is primarily a funding, monitoring and planning agency. By contracting with outside agencies, the board provides [...]

Ep. 83 – How A Bottle of Water Became the Tipping Point: Rob Brandt, Robby’s Voice

2019-01-10T16:29:02+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Community Outreach, Family Stories, Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Stories|

Greg interviews Rob Brandt, the Founder of Robby’s Voice. Rob lost his son Robby to opioids in 2011. In the wake of Robby’s death, a notebook of his was found containing plans to help those suffering from substance abuse. Robby’s Voice was created to bring life to that vision. Rob discusses his son’s [...]

Ep. 79 – Making a Difference with a One-Man Task Force: Mike McRill, Sidney Police Department

2019-01-10T16:27:22+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Mike McRill, a Community Resource Officer from the Sidney Police Department located in Sidney, Ohio and a former middle school teacher. Desiring to do more for his community and live his passion for law enforcement, he joined the Sidney Police Department in 2000. After becoming the Community Resource Officer in 2014, [...]

Ep. 77 – How an App Helps Youth Stay Drug Free: Andy Duran, LEAD

2019-01-10T16:26:33+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Andy Duran, the Executive Director of LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs). Founded in May 2012, LEAD is a drug prevention coalition based in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, Illinois. Equipped with years of experience working with youth, Andy has created a new approach to drug prevention with LEAD. The nationally recognized organization offers [...]

Ep. 76 – Bringing Prevention Programs to the Classroom: Kevin Lorson, OAHPRED

2019-01-10T16:25:51+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Kevin Lorson, the Professor and Program Director of the Health and Physical Education Program at Wright State University. He’s also the President of OAHPERD (The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), which consists of over 3,000 Ohio education professionals. With Kevin’s guidance, OAHPERD is presently working on a [...]

Ep. 74 – After Dreamland Pt. 4: Recognizing an Unmet Need and Stepping Up, JoAnna Krohn

2019-01-10T16:14:23+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews JoAnna Krohn, the Founder of SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss and Continuing Everyday). SOLACE is a non-profit organization that provides community for those who’ve lost a loved one to substance abuse. In the wake of her son Wes’ tragic death in 2008, JoAnna shares how she created SOLACE to help others cope [...]

Ep. 68 – When Kids Really Start Using Substances: Web and Mason, Hidden In Plain Sight

2019-01-10T16:10:05+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Paul Web and Marcie Mason about Hidden In Plain Sight. Paul is a Copley Police Department Detective, while Marcie is a Youth Services Worker for both the Copley and Bath Police Departments. Hidden In Plain Sight is an awareness program geared towards parents and other concerned adults. The program strengthens recognition [...]

Ep. 60 – Supporting Grassroots Opioid Initiatives: Jennifer Biddinger, Director of Drug Abuse Outreach

2019-01-10T15:58:33+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Jennifer Biddinger, the Director of Drug Abuse Outreach Initiatives for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. In her role, Jennifer helps Ohioans fight drugs in their communities. As a part of the heroin outreach program, her team goes into specific communities to create initiatives. “The first step is to organize key people [...]

Ep. 59 – Students Coming Together to Say No to Drugs: Drug Free Clubs of America

2019-01-10T15:57:54+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews community leaders, administrators and students at a recent rally for Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA). Drug Free Clubs are high school and middle school clubs in which students agree to remain drug free and submit to random drug screenings throughout the year. In return, they receive perks like prizes and [...]

Ep. 58 – Creating a Heartfelt Preventative Effort for Adolescents: Angie Ferguson, DFCA Part One

2019-01-10T15:56:40+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Angie Ferguson, the Executive Director of Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA). Part One discusses the origins of DFCA and the formation of DFCA clubs. Back in 2005, Angie’s father and a colleague told Angie of an idea they had to combat drug abuse. As firefighters, they had witnessed a lack [...]

Ep. 56 – Drug Free Advocacy through Music and Story: Awaken Project

2019-01-10T15:21:34+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Jeff Mozingo and Joe Richardson, founders of Awaken Project. Awaken Project is an in-school presentation reinforcing a strong drug use prevention message with a live multimedia music event. Jeff and Joe met at a golf tournament. At the tournament, Jeff was asked to pray for Joe and his son—who sadly passed [...]

Ep. 50 – Partnering with PAARI to Save Lives: Sergeant Pat Greenhill, PAARI Part Two

2019-01-10T15:02:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Sergeant Pat Greenhill, the Sergeant of the Berea Police Department and PAARI (The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) Program Coordinator for Community Engagement. They are joined by PAARI State Representative Nicole Walmsley. You can listen to her first podcast episode here. As Sergeant Greenhill explains, PAARI is a national organization [...]

Ep. 48 – Reaching the Recovery Community Through Music: Garrett Hart, Rock and Recovery

2019-01-10T14:54:55+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Garrett Hart, the Creative Content Director for Summit Radio Station and the Host of Rock and Recovery. Behind the music, Rock and Recovery enables the community to heal together through the therapeutic power of music. With messages of hope and inspiration, the specially chosen music provides encouragement for each individual journey. [...]

Ep. 43 – Going Door to Door in Butler County: Jennifer Mason, Fort Hamilton Hospital

2019-01-10T14:45:54+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Since 2015, Jennifer Mason and her staff have been working to respond to the opioid epidemic in Butler County with an opiate task force.  Jennifer is the Fort Hamilton Hospital EMS Coordinator and the Founder of Fort’s Opiate Recovery Task Force (FORT) and its Golden Ticket Program, a program for addicts who come [...]

Ep. 37 – Equipping Summit County with Narcan: Jerry Craig, Executive Director ADM Board

2019-01-10T14:27:49+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts|

Jerry Craig, the Executive Director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Services Board, is working to get Narcan widely distributed in Summit County. He discusses the Summit County Opiate Task Force. Formed in 2014, the task force consists of a group of key individuals and organizations committed to reducing the [...]

Ep. 33 – Getting Addicts the Help They Need: Donna Skoda, Public Health Commissioner

2019-01-10T12:40:58+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Donna Skoda, the Public Health Commissioner of Summit County. Donna has been with the Department of Public Health since 2000. She has been working as the Public Health Commissioner of Summit County for a little over a year. The mission of Summit County Public Health is to protect and advance the [...]

Ep. 29 – Break the Stigma of Addiction: Travis Bornstein, Founder of Breaking Barriers

2019-01-10T12:28:29+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Stories|

Travis discusses the stigma of addiction and how we can break it through unity and love. He is the founder of Breaking Barriers – Hope is Alive, located in Uniontown, OH. Breaking Barriers – Hope is Alive is a resource for people and families who are struggling with the disease of addiction. Through [...]

Ep. 24 – Speak Up to Save a Life: Wayne Campbell, President of Tyler’s Light

2019-01-10T12:16:59+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Stories|

Greg interviews Wayne Campbell, the president of Tyler’s Light. Tyler’s Light is a resource for those in Pickerington and Fairfield County, Ohio focused on preventing drug addiction. The foundation sheds light on the severity of drug addiction via community engagement, awareness, education and support. Like Greg, Wayne Campbell knows the pain of losing [...]

Ep. 23 – Voicing the Silent Epidemic: Dr. Gary Martin, Former Detective and Founder of NOPE

2019-01-10T12:15:30+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Dr. Gary Martin discusses the opioid epidemic in Palm Beach County-Florida. He is a Former Detective for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in the Department of Violent Crimes. He is the Dean of Students at Lynn University and one of the founders of the NOPE Task Force, the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and [...]

Ep. 17 – Choosing Recovery Housing: Denny Wilson, F I Community Housing

2019-01-10T12:06:49+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Community Outreach, Education, Podcasts, Stories|

Denny founded F I Community Housing in 1995. Today, it’s Ohio’s largest peer-operated recovery community. Denny’s past informs his present mission in fighting the opioid epidemic: by the age of 25, he was addicted to several drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine, and alcohol. After he went through a 21-day recovery program, Denny was [...]

Ep. 10 – How Narcan Is Saving Lives: Interview with Emily Metz, Project DAWN

2019-01-10T11:24:02+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Emily Metz, program coordinator at Project DAWN, an opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) program. The acronym DAWN stands for “deaths avoided with naloxone,” and that’s exactly what the program accomplishes. Naloxone, also known as narcan, is the antidote to any type of opiate overdose. The program distributes naloxone kits [...]

Ep. 9 – Helping Your Addicted Child Get Treatment: Interview with David Sigal, LOUD Life

2019-01-10T11:23:25+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Stories|

Greg interviews David Sigal, founder of the LOUD Life Foundation. David is a former addict who turned his life around with the love and support of family. Now, David is giving back. LOUD Life seeks to empower and inspire addicts to change their lives. LOUD stands for “Live Out Ur Dreams,” and that’s [...]

Episode 6 – Chico Lewis & Roger Lowe, Needle Exchange, Part Two

2017-07-31T10:41:52+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Community Outreach, Harm Reduction, Podcasts, Stories|

In this episode of the Cover2 Podcast, Greg continues his interview with Chico Lewis and Roger Lowe on-site at the Free Clinic Needle Exchange in Cleveland. They discuss the alarming growth of the opioid epidemic, particularly the effect which Chico has seen from the increasing use of fentanyl. Chico discusses the emotional [...]