BOLD SOLUTION: Jeff created the Kensington Initiative for Needle Disposal (KIND), which employs community members, including those with lived experiences and in recovery, to clean up littered drug paraphernalia and distribute naloxone. This program, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s drug crisis, has given its staff a chance to engage neighborhood residents in a meaningful way. Jeff’s hope is that KIND employees will soon advance to supervisors of the program and their work will open doors to future job prospects. He intends to grow this successful but small program, believing it addresses a community concern while giving opportunity to people whose recovery can be supported by stable employment.
Every facet of public health excites me, and I remain committed to keeping an open mind and learning from all those around me in government, the private sector, academia, and philanthropy, in order to help advance our nation’s health.