Faith Communities: Strategic Partners to Tackle Opioid Crisis | Joel Navarro, Tempe City Councilman
I am Joel Navarro, Tempe City Council member. It is important that the faith-based community is part of the solution, as we deal with the opioid crisis. Especially On The City Side. Me, As A City Council Member: Obviously, I will need to tap into those resources and make sure that we are utilizing all areas of our community to help tackle the issue and to get the best outcomes for our constituents. My real job that actually pays the bills is that I am a Battalion Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department. So I have been doing that for over 23 years. I, firsthand, have seen the effects of opioids. I have been on the calls. I am also a paramedic. I have many of times delivered Narcan® and, you know, brought someone back that was breathing maybe 3 to 2 times a minute. The city can optimally only go so far; but we need to really engage with our faith-based community, because they are really a strategic part of our community. They are able to utilize the resources that they already have. We need to make sure that not only faith-based, but nonprofits, and job connection, and housing, and so many things that are strategically important that a city can only go so far on. Where the faith-based community can actually pickup on. So a full wraparound coordination of resources. From the city side/government side to the faith-based side, is only going to be strategic in really kind of tackling the issue when we talk about addiction or opioids. For more information on the Partnership Center, also known as the H.H.S. Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, please visit www.HHS.gov/Partnerships. Produced at taxpayers’ expense.