Jasmine Barnes

Jasmine is an MPH candidate at La Salle University. In addition to her current educational endeavors, she is an intern with the Health Equity Program at MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center, where she works on projects aimed at reducing breast cancer disparities and improving educational and screening opportunities for black women through community outreach and research. Jasmine has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, People Living with HIV (PLWHIV) and individuals with substance use disorders. She is committed to closing equity, achievement, and opportunity gaps within under-resourced communities, as evidenced by her enduring commitment to service and scholarship. She is committed to increasing visibility of the issues people of color who reside in underserved communities face,  developing solutions to address health disparities and reducing death due to preventable diseases. She is an aspiring public health professional who is passionate about creating a more equitable system. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys spending time in nature, reading the latest research on pressing public health issues, spending quality time with family and friends and traveling.

Brittany Salerno

Brittany is a Clinical Research Associate for Emergency Buprenorphine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is also an MPH candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Network. Her passions include targeting interventions to mitigate racial disparities across public health, drug policy reform, and documentary-style photography. When she isn’t busy passing out Narcan and tweeting on harm reduction, you can find her at home watching the Gilmore Girls and spending time with her loved ones. 

Alix Gustafson, MPH

Alix is the Program Manager of OUTREACH working to promote the integration of Certified Recovery Specialists into acute care settings and other initiatives mitigating harms from substance use. Alix combines social work, public health and social science perspectives in her approach to spreading harm reduction initiatives, destigmatization, and increasing access to care.  Working closely with individuals experiencing substance use, mental illness, chronic homelessness, trauma, and domestic violence has always been at the core of Alix’s experiences and interests.  During her time as a case manager working in shelters, hospitals, crisis response centers, and residential settings in the Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Boston areas, Alix witnessed the stigmas and systemic dysfunction the clients she worked with struggled against.  This inspired her to critically examine systems and structures and work to spread evidence-based practice by connecting research to application.  

Nicole O’Donnell

Nicole O’Donnell is a Certified Recovery Specialist, recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer for excellence in patient care for her work at Penn Medicine’s Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy, which includes supporting patients at Penn Presbyterian, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Penn.  Ms. O’Donnell has extensive experience working with individuals with Substance Use Disorder, and their families.  Her work currently includes reaching out to those experiencing being unsheltered, substance use, and mental health barriers.