Continued Growth Breakout II: Using Data to Tell Your Story
- Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., MPH
- Suzanne Mizsur-Porter
Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., MPH
Melinda Pankratz has a doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently manages North Carolina’s Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant. Prior to this Dr. Pankratz had more than fifteen years of experience in substance use prevention research and evaluation.
Suzanne has worked for United Way of Rutherford County since 2008. She helped establish and lead United Way’s substance abuse prevention coalition. The “Community Engagement Team” is now a Year 5 Drug Free Communities grantee. Her grant writing and program development work features numerous collaborative projects with law enforcement and treatment providers which include the creation of a crisis ‘drop-in’ center using a peer support model. United Way is currently facilitating development of a Medication Assisted Treatment and re-entry program for the Rutherford County Jail in partnership with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Family Preservation Services, and Rutherford Hospital Legacy Foundation (anticipated launch date of early July 2017).