Fall 2020 BHEC VISTA Cohort Complete Their Year of Service

Fall 2020 BHEC VISTA Cohort Complete Their Year of Service

Fall 2020 BHEC VISTA Cohort Complete Their Year of Service

Please join us in celebrating our Fall 2020 BHEC VISTA Cohort for completing their year of service! These four members joined in the middle of the pandemic, serving in public health, harm reduction, and behavioral health focused organizations in a time when these organizations have faced some of their greatest challenges. These members navigated a hybrid service year trying to engage their communities virtually. They overcame immense obstacles and challenges to build essential capacity in their served communities addressing substance use, reducing overdose, and building health equity.

THEARI and our partners thank these members for their service and wish them luck as they further their careers. Each of the members will continue to serve communities in need, with multiple members now joining their served organization in permanent roles , continuing the BHEC mission of advancing behavioral health equity.

Julia Deziel served Jefferson County Public Health, helping to expand their syringe access program outreach, provided extensive trainings to community members, and expanded the Jefferson County Substance Use Partnership. Julia helped to facilitate the upcoming installation of the first harm reduction vending machine in Colorado, helping to expand access to essential health resources in addressing substance use and overdose.

Payton Landes served Colorado Health Network in Denver and Colorado Springs. Payton’s service has helped in the implementation of the first syringe access program in Colorado Springs, helping to drive public support of the program through extensive outreach and advocacy. Payton helped to secure the location for the syringe access program, ensuring sustainability of the program for years to come. Additionally, Payton supported the implementation of contactless syringe exchange services in Denver, expanding access to harm reduction resources during the pandemic when many programs were closing their doors.

Patrick Bebie served Colorado Health Network in Pueblo, focusing on expanding the usage and availability of harm reduction programs in the community. Patrick expanded the Substance Use Recovery Ecosystem (SURE) collaborative to include representatives of the business community, expanding both the distribution of naloxone and fentanyl testing, but building out greater capacity for data collection to support Pueblo capacity to respond to substance abuse.

Marie Hafner served Envision: You in Denver, helping to drive the implementation of the new Behavioral Health Provider Training Program (BHPTP), educating over 100 behavioral health providers across Colorado in best practices to provide affirming and inclusive care to at risk populations. Marie also helped to expand Envision:You’s financial and partnership capacity through supporting their development efforts, creating new information distribution systems, and expanding Envision:You’s capacity to serve members of the LGBTQ+ community across Colorado.

Congratulations to Julia, Payton, Patrick, and Marie!

To learn more about these members and their service year click their name to be taken to their spotlight.

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