Bill Barberg

Community Strategy Management, Collaboration to Address the Opioid Crisis

Bill Barberg is a globally recognized expert in Implementing Population Health Strategies and Improving Collective Impact so communities can harness their existing resources to address complex social challenges like the opioid crisis. Mr. Barberg uses this knowledge as an experienced speaker for organizations, communities, and coalitions striving to address complex  issues. He is also the author of the chapter, “Implementing Population Health Strategies” in the new, highly-acclaimed book, “Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration” (Routledge, 2017).

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Instead of expecting each community coalition to spend countless hours attempting to design a comprehensive strategy for topics like the opioid crisis or suicide prevention, Mr. Barberg has made substantial contributions toward building a series of open source strategy map templates which give guidance and direction to a broad spectrum of health and community organizations that are working to solve priority health issues.

In addition to the strategy map templates, Mr. Barberg launched the development of the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub, a free, open source, national resource for coalitions.  This resource hub is organized around the strategy map template and it equips many teams in a large coalition with information and tools they can use to begin working on a subset of the overall strategy without requiring a large grant or a new funding source. It makes it easy for people to find tools (most of which are freely shared) they can use to quickly take action. In her nomination, Ms. Baker notes, “In a time where resources are scarce, this timely tool helps coalitions to ‘get out in front of the problem.’”

As the guiding force behind the the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub, Mr. Barberg is well versed on the current research, programs, and solutions communities have successfully implemented to address the opioid crisis, balancing the need for evidence-based practices and the desire for innovative solutions.

At a recent gathering of health coalition leaders, Mr Barberg was presented the 2018 Health System Transformation Award from Communities Joined in Action (CJA). CJA is a national membership organization of local and regional community health collaboratives, all of which are committed to better health for all people at less cost. The Health System Transformation Award “recognizes an individual, organization or community health coalition/collaborative that has demonstrated a breakthrough model that achieves better health outcomes, reduces inequities, promotes a culture of health—and is adaptable in other settings.”


Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus

Screening and Opioid Abuse Prevention & Recovery

Dr. Trish Henrie-Barrus is the President and Founder of InteraSolutions, a psychological assessment company. She has extensive experience in assessment administration and development, especially in the areas of opioid and chemical addiction, pain management, depression, anxiety, and wellness. In addition, she is a practicing clinician with specialty areas of integrative medicine, wellness, addiction, anxiety and depression.

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Dr. Barrus is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah where she helped create the nationally recognized Positive Psychology Certificate Program. Dr. Barrus serves as the co-chair of the Provider Training and Patient Education working committee under the Utah Department of Health’s Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention committee. As a published author and researcher, Dr. Barrus presents at conferences and seminars across the country.
In her years of clinical practice, Dr. Barrus became convinced that in order to address the ever-increasing problem of substance abuse and other medical problems, physicians need better psychological assessment tools to assist them in comprehensively treating their patients. She is a real proponent of the biopsychosocial model of healthcare and believes that a team effort including medical practitioner and psychologist is necessary for preventative and ongoing healthcare. With the assistance of other medical practitioners and skilled technology specialists, she developed the Opioid Abuse & Risk Screener (OARS) psychological assessment tool, the flagship product of InteraSolutions. She is currently overseeing the research and development of other psychological assessment tools to be used in the medical field.


Charlie Jarvis

Precision Medicine and Improving MAT

Vice President Clinical Genomics and Health Outcomes for health care solutions company offering services in genomics medicine and health care consulting services. Charged with leading the health outcomes solutions division and serving as client engagement manager for selected genomics medicine clients.

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Responsibilities for health outcomes consultation, will entail directing and implementing a program that educates and helps transform health systems’ and medical providers’ health care services as part of the market evolution to value based healthcare being stimulated by the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the outcomes initiatives from Medicaid and the commercial insurance carriers. As part of this transformation, will introduce programs in genomics medicine, medication therapy optimization, patient engagement, population management and data security to expand physician practices in this new environment.
Responsibilities for client engagement entail helping providers expand their outcome-based health care services using genomics medicine and related services in medication management, to take advantage – in part – of the enhanced medical services addressed in the new 21st Century Cures Law.

Additionally, President and Founder of Trust Without Borders, LLC, a consulting company dedicated to contracts with health care organizations, to implement strategic initiatives in the healthcare sector. Mr. Jarvis’ extensive experience in the industry has made him quite capable to handle a variety of contracting opportunities.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Healthcare Operations from Temple University, Mr. Jarvis’ accomplishments are inclusive of health information technology, hospital, health system and medical group operations, materials management, and management engineering.


Joe Markiewicz

National Youth Trainer and Facilitator for Community Engagement of Youth for Substance Abuse Prevention

Joe Markiewicz works closely with community coalitions and prevention initiatives to reduce the incidence of prescription and non-prescription drug overdose. As a trainer and educator, he also provides community leaders with local, county and provincewide data to focus on high risk populations with effective prevention strategies and best practices in community coalition development.

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Joe has over 20 years experience as a community coalition trainer, prevention planner, evaluator and youth trainer. He has recently worked as the Program Coordinator for the Statewide Prescription Drug Overdose Reduction Initiative at KIPRC. He has been a presenter at national conferences on the subject of risk and protective factors, evidenced-based prevention strategies, youth data, community planning and positive social norming. In 2012, Joe received the Erie County Award for Youth Violence Reduction and as Chair of the Erie County Collaborative Board he received the Statewide Community Coalition of the Year Award in Pennsylvania. In his previous employment, Joe was a statewide planner and trainer with Center for Juvenile Justice Training & Research (CJJTR), Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD), Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission (JCJC) as well as many other youth-serving organizations. He is also a national technical assistant for the Office of Juvenile Justice Training & Research (OJJTR).


Richard Taylor

Community Care Coordination

Mr. Taylor has been involved for over 30 years in the application of information technology to solve business challenges across seven different industries.  Currently Mr. Taylor is the Director of Business Development for eTransX – a nationally recognized software company that has been providing software solutions for over 18 years – primarily to the healthcare industry.

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Mr. Taylor was instrumental in the design of eTransX’s cloud based care coordination platform which is used by healthcare organizations and community based organizations to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.  Most recently, Mr. Taylor has been involved in the design and development of eTransX’s first of its kind software platform for helping communities and regions address the Opioid crisis.  Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, and his Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Tennessee.


Jim Morgan

CEO of Meet the Need

For years Jim was on the “fast track” – management consulting for Fortune 500 companies, investment banking on Wall Street, legislative aid on Capitol Hill, and MBA from the nation’s top business school, the University of Chicago. But all along he knew something was off. As a Christian, Jim felt he wasn’t doing anything to serve God and others. His prayers for a mission and purpose grew more frequent.

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Then, in 2000, it came – and be careful what you pray for. The Lord showed Jim that the same solutions he was bringing to large corporations were badly needed to unite and mobilize churches and charities around social issues facing their cities. There were significant communication gaps across America between those in need and those who could help. So Jim and his team at Meet The Need invested 15 years and millions of dollars to bring the first comprehensive solution from the business world to local missions – giving away software and services to empower churches and charities to collaboratively reach out to families within their cities who are desperately in need of help and hope.

In addition to providing modern tools for managing and communicating needs for volunteers, events, families, drives, etc., Meet The Need also has become involved in many national and city “causes”, building the nation’s largest food rescue network with Feeding America, releasing a homeless data reporting system with partners in several states, completing an innovative disaster relief platform for a denomination with tens of thousands of churches, and many other projects in foster care, church-school partnerships, etc.  Now, Meet The Need is working with coalitions of universities, health care providers and consultants to design tools to assist in addressing the opioid crisis in our country.

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