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The Community Intervention Program Manager works under Strategy 5 of the Overdose Date to Action (OD2A) grant funded by CDC. This role provides direction and leadership to local health departments with OD2A funded Jail Education Programs (JEPs) and innovated drug overdose prevention mini-grants. Additionally, this positions coordinates and develops drug overdose prevention community intervention program reports; collaborates with center faculty and staff, Kentucky Department for Public Health staff, and local/regional health department staff; uses evaluation results to inform stakeholders and leverage program and local community sustainability funds; and reports program intervention findings to CDC.

Jessie Hicks graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, and again in 2017 with a Master of Public Administration degree. She has approximately seven years of experience in higher education administration and project management, and just over two years of experience in Public Health. Her previous employers include Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY) and George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). She joined the Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research Center team in 2020 as a Prevention Research Coordinator on the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant funded by CDC. In 2022 she transitioned into a Program Manager role on the same grant working directly with local/regional health department staff to provide direction and leadership for Jail Education Programs (JEPs) and innovative drug overdose prevention mini-grants.