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Colleen is the Director of Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance Program for the state of Massachusetts and is the founder and director of Boston Medical Center's (BMC) OBAT Clinic, the largest of its kind if New England serving over 700 patients annually. She also serves as the Program Director of numerous other grants and projects including two Opioid Addiction Treatment Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHOs) at BMC. Ms. LaBelle has over 30 years of clinical experience treating HIV and addiction and over a decade of experience advising health care organizations on how to build addiction treatment into their programs. She is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Nursing and Governor Charlie Baker's Opioid Working Task Force. Ms. LaBelle is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA); she founded and serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts IntNSA Chapter. In recognition of her work to improve and expand treatments for patients with addiction, Colleen received the 2018 Innovators in Health Award from the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, the 2017 Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), and the 2016 Lillian Carter Exemplary Acts in Nursing Award from Modern Healthcare in partnership with the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility at the Emory University School of Nursing, in addition to many other awards and recognitions. Ms. LaBelle is board certified in addiction nursing and pain management.
Donna is the Associate Director of the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) and of the OBAT clinic at Boston Medical Center. She has a leadership role directing the training and technical assistance provided by the OBAT team and is an expert panelist on the OBAT ECHO Hub Team. Before joining OBAT TTA, Donna led a practice transformation initiative at Boston Medical Center to integrate safe opioid prescribing practices into primary care, expanding tools from a NIDA-funded trial into an interdisciplinary, practice-wide program designed to improve the health care experience for both the patient and provider, and to improve the safety of patients and the community. She has over 30 years' experience in addiction, mental health, and pain management nursing, with expertise in overdose prevention education, risk reduction, and practice transformation. Donna is a past president and current board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Donna holds a BSN from Loyola University of Chicago and an MSN from Saint Xavier University. She is board certified in addictions nursing and pain management nursing.
Lexie is the Operations Manager for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) at Boston Medical Center. Lexie develops systems and tools for delivering technical assistance and assists community organizations to identify their TTA needs. She advises community health centers on clinic administration and protocols related to providing substance use disorder treatment in a primary care setting. Lexie has 10 years' experience as the Program Manager of BMC's OBAT Clinic responsible for day-to-day administration. As Program Manager, Lexie established collaborative relationships with community agencies and was often the initial point of contact for new patients. She also managed data collection for the STATE OBAT B Grant, working with Community Health Centers throughout Massachusetts to report on their programmatic and patient data once they had implemented the Massachusetts Model of nurse care management. Lexie received her BA from Brown University and her MPH and MSW from Columbia University in New York City.
Benjamin is the Grants Administrator for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Benjamin oversees the financial components of grant research, grant writing, and grant program design. Benjamin also manages program budgets and spending, and coordinates relationships with consultants and suppliers. He develops financial projections to ensure OBAT has the resources to provide assistance to community-based treatment programs. Prior to joining the team at BMC, Benjamin was responsible for the federal grants program at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. While at the MBTA, he focused on project delivery through grants management, to improve access to public transportation. He is skilled in data collection and management and has expertise in federal and state compliance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Suffolk University and received his Master's in Business Administration, with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Management from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Danna is the Coordinator and Co-Facilitator of the Boston Medical Center Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO (now complete), the Massachusetts OBAT ECHO, and the New England OBAT ECHO. Danna interfaces with community health centers, health care professionals, specialists, and OBAT staff to ensure the operations of the bi-monthly teleECHO clinics with BMC experts. Danna has been managing educational and nonprofit programming for over 20 years. Prior to joining BMC, Danna worked with youth and families in under-resourced communities in Chicago. She also worked as a clinician in community health centers in the city. In 2008, Danna moved to Cairo, Egypt to provide clinical and psychosocial support to refugees fleeing such places as Sudan, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Danna holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, and a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from The American University in Cairo. She has recently been certified in Social Justice Mediation.
Stacey is the Administrative Assistant to Project Director Colleen LaBelle and to the OBAT Clinical Team at Boston Medical Center. Stacey coordinates trainings and other events, managing registrations, room setup, and preparation of training materials and supplies, and has over 5 years' experience supporting the BMC OBAT operations. Stacey also maintains the Treatment and Referrals Hotline for the State of Massachusetts. As the primary Hotline representative, Stacey speaks to callers seeking treatment for opioid use disorders about what kind of treatment they are looking for and provides information about the treatment options accessible to them in their local area. Prior to joining BMC OBAT, Stacey worked at multiple community-based health centers in the greater Boston area.
Melissa Mitchell is the Data Coordinator for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Melissa receives all of the required Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) forms submitted by OBAT grant-funded programs across the state and enters them into the state database. She reviews the forms for completeness and contacts programs to obtain missing information. Melissa provides technical assistance to programs in the correct completion of the DPH forms in order to facilitate the collection of complete and accurate data on office-based addiction treatment services statewide. Melissa maintains databases that track the patients enrolled at each individual clinical site and monitors the receipt of the required paperwork for each patient. Melissa has been with BMC OBAT for over 10 years.
Ivan is a Graduate Research Assistant for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Ivan assists with special projects, and the planning and implementation of research investigations. Ivan manages research, program, and ECHO data ensuring quality and reliability for analysis. He additionally provides quantitative and qualitative analysis to furnish insights. Before joining the OBAT TTA team, Ivan worked as a research assistant on a QI project increasing low-dose aspirin prescription to pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia, and with a team modeling HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. Ivan holds a Bachelor's degree in International Studies with a focus on Global Health from the University of Michigan, and is a current Master's of Public Health candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University's School of Public Health.
Annie is a Clinical Educator with the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) at Boston Medical Center. Annie educates and supports health care providers on best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders. She also serves as an expert on the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO team providing opioid addiction training and mentoring to health centers across the country. Her areas of clinical expertise in addition to treatment of substance use include: HIV, Hepatitis C, family planning and LGBTQ health care. Annie holds a Masters of Nursing from The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a Masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Boston Medical Center, Annie practiced at a community health center where she helped establish and served as the clinical lead for the first walk-in HIV treatment and prevention program in Baltimore City. She is board certified in addictions and holds specialty certifications for treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C.
Deva is the Program Assistant for OBAT Training and Technical Assistance at Boston Medical Center. Deva assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of conferences and training events hosted by OBAT. She provides technical assistance and evaluation data synthesis pertaining to BMC's Massachusetts OBAT ECHO. Deva also coordinates activities related to OBAT's role in the PROUD Clinical Trials Network study, based out of Kaiser Permanente in Washington State, measuring the efficacy of expanding the Massachusetts model of addiction treatment nationally. Before joining the OBAT TTA team, she worked with Boston University's School of Medicine as an administrative assistant for both their Internal Medicine Residency Program and Research Occupational Health Program. Deva recently graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a minor in Medical Anthropology.
Alicia is the Director of Special Projects and Research for BMC's OBAT team. Her focus is on expanding the capacity-building arm of BMC's OBAT Program to educate healthcare providers at the local, state and national level about how to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to people who use drugs. She is responsible for overseeing all research and evaluation related to BMC's OBAT Program, ensuring results are disseminated widely and that any gaps and areas of need are identified and addressed. Alicia also currently serves as Public Health Clinical Research Advocate on the advisory board team for Families for Sensible Drug Policy, a global coalition of families, professionals, and organizations representing the voice of the family impacted by substance use. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on topics including: reproductive health, HIV, consequences of alcohol and other drug use. Alicia received her Master's in Community Public Health at New York University and has over 15 years of experience working in the healthcare system overseeing implementation of large NIH-funded research studies, and managing the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical and public health programs related to addiction, behavioral health, women's health and reproductive healthcare. She is a fierce advocate for people who use drugs and their families and is committed to social justice and harm reduction as guiding principles.
Kristin is a Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Educator for the Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Kristin has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 2009; initially practicing as a Registered Nurse within BMC's multidisciplinary OBAT clinic medically managing a large caseload of patients with opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders, and now as a primary care Nurse Practitioner with a full DATA2000 x-waiver. In addition to her clinical work, Kristin advises and supports community health centers on integration of best practices for managing and treating substance use disorders into clinics across Massachusetts. Kristin has served as an expert panel member on the Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO and will be serving on the New England Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO, providing addiction training and mentoring to health care providers across the country. Kristin achieved her MSN, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree from Salem State University. She is board certified in addictions nursing through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.