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Student & Alumni Achievements

Washington: Doctoral Student Awarded NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship for Opioid Study

Ms. Haylea Hannah, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is one of seven students in the country to win a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2019.

With this $145,600 award, Ms. Hannah has earned three years of support for her doctoral dissertation. Her research will focus on understanding access to medications for opioid use disorder treatment, such as methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, in the criminal justice system.

“I’ve always been interested in work that would inform policy development, and I am passionate about ensuring equitable access to what we know is effective treatment for opioid use disorder,” Ms. Hannah said.

She will be collaborating with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services in California to conduct focus groups with individuals who had prior exposure to the criminal justice system as well as key informant interviews with individuals who provide services for those living with an opioid use disorder. An additional two aims will focus on evaluating these policies at the population level quantitatively by comparing settings that do and do not provide medications for opioid use disorder treatment in county jails and evaluating the cost-effectiveness of this intervention.

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