The HEAL Director’s Trailblazer Award was awarded to Chelsea L. Shover, an epidemiologist, assistant professor-in-residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the newest investigator joining the CHERISH Research Affiliate network. Dr. Baker recognized Shover for her authentic approach to bridging epidemiology research findings to community-based practices, particularly with her work at the Epidemiology, Policy, Implementation Lab (EPI Lab) at UCLA.
Supported by a HEAL-funded R01, Shover aims to improve the local overdose response in the Los Angeles County of California which has seen a striking increase in fatal overdoses among unhoused people and that involve both stimulants and opioids. Her funded project, “Predicting Fatal and Non-Fatal Overdose in Los Angeles County with Rapid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard to Target Street-Based Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction Services,” is a collaborative effort between UCLA investigators, government agencies, emergency medical services (EMS), medical examiner and coroner, syringe services programs, street-based harm reduction, and research collaborators. Together, they will build a robust dashboard to provide real-time estimates on overdoses in LA County.