Focus Areas: Addiction & Overdose
NJ/NY High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)
Joanna serves as a Demand Reduction Specialist for the NY/NJ HIDTA assigned to the NJ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Newark, New Jersey. She collaborates with community coalitions, government agencies and non-profits who work in prevention and treatment. Joanna has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating the Newark Cares program in the City of Newark by bringing together the Newark Police Department and the Newark Public Schools. The program is a tool for law enforcement and school personnel to assist with mitigating the negative effects experienced by a child’s exposure to a traumatic or critical event, commonly referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Funded and led by 10 regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Heroin Response Strategy (HRS) initiative exists at the intersection of city, state, and Federal government, with team members sitting at more than 30 agencies around the country. The HRS funds both a law enforcement officer and a public health practitioner in 22 states across the country.