City Health Department hires Director of Overdose Prevention as part of $300K grant award

Andrew Warner, Manchester, NH Director of Overdose Prevention
Andrew Warner, Director of Overdose Prevention for the city’s Health Department.

MANCHESTER, NH – The City of Manchester has been selected as one of 20 communities nationwide by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCIPC). to receive a $300,000 funding award to support local overdose prevention strategies.

With ongoing drug overdoses and deaths in Manchester, this new position was created and filled to help curb this trend. Based on her experience in the field as a provider and program manager for the treatment of substance use disorders, Manchester recovery support worker and advocate Andrew Warner He is tasked with leading the Council’s response in preventing drug overdoses and deaths.

In addition to his personal experience in recovery and the unique challenges and experience he has gained, Warner has worked as a consultant at Levy Incubator, Dartmouth Hitchcock’s telehealth therapy coordinator, and most recently Community Education at Manchester, Portland, Boston and Lowell for Better Life Partners. He served as its manager.

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“My main focus is working with various resource providers in Manchester to create and implement a strategic plan to prevent drug-related overdoses,” Warner explains. “Collecting, monitoring, and using real-time data across the city is essential to help positively impact existing services and finance, improve planning and resource allocation, and ultimately track progress in key metrics.”

The American Medical Response reports that there were 656 suspected overdose deaths and 71 suspected overdose deaths in Manchester as of November 2022. This new approach aims to permanently reduce these numbers. “Bringing experienced professionals such as Andrew and strike team members to leverage the forefront expertise of our national public health leaders and communities across the country in preventing overdoses and deaths, as well as applying best practices, is the formula for success,” from Public Health Director Anna J. Thomas He quotes: “I know these strategic and data-driven efforts will undoubtedly save lives. As we have learned from other communities, he has already learned.”

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Warner’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement communication strategies, including public outreach and distribution of services-related materials;
  • Activate strike team partners and monitor results in overdose hotspot areas in the city;
  • Work with City and community partners to leverage funding opportunities to scale evidence-based practice;
  • Communicate and testify before the Mayor and Councilor and Government agencies about the Council’s response to preventing overdoses;
  • Work with mental/behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment providers, first responders, NH DHHS, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations to achieve short- and long-term goals.
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Warner begins his new role on January 3, 2023.

About the City of Manchester Health Department:

Established in 1839, the City of Manchester Department of Health (MHD) is an innovative and proactive local health department based on the principles and practice of key public health functions. More than forty full- and part-time staff work within four Branches and Teams: Neighborhood and Family Health, Infectious Disease and Environment Public Health/Emergency Response and Public Health and Safety Team. Our mission is to “improve the health of individuals, families, and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats”, working both across its Branches and with other community partners to improve the health of the public.


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