Adelaide Murray

With JSI since 2016

Project Associate

Adelaide at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, NH

What brought you to JSI?

I first heard of JSI and ultimately landed here by developing relationships with my now wonderful colleagues during my involvement with the New Hampshire Public Health Association (NHPHA). While I was getting my undergraduate degree in health management and policy, I was the student representative on the NHPHA board of directors. During my senior year, JSI co-sponsored “Celebrating a Quarter Century of Public Health in NH” with NHPHA. At the event, I spoke about being a student involved in public health. Later that spring during my job search, I was attracted to the JSI’s project portfolio and opportunities for an early-career professional.

What are you working on now?

I work mostly on substance use disorders through the New Hampshire Center for Excellence. It is rewarding to do this work in New Hampshire, which is second in the nation for the number of opioid-related deaths per capita, and which has the highest number of deaths per capita from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Why did you want to work in public health?

Most of my colleagues have heard the story of being in elementary school and telling my dad that I was interested in diseases, how people got sick, and the social and environmental factors that may have contributed to their illness. This interest was sparked after I read about the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and learned about the factors that allowed the epidemic to continue to devastate communities. My father explained the term ‘epidemiology’ and I never looked back.

A Project to Remember

One of my proudest accomplishments so far is my work with the NH Youth S∙BI∙RT Initiative (http://sbirtnh.org/).The aim of the initiative was to implement universal screening for substance misuse in adolescents and young adults across NH pediatric primary care practices. Our 23 practices collectively served over 74,000 people ages 12-22. By project completion, the project had screened more than 15,000 NH youth. Our work continues to support SBIRT implementation across NH and the U.S.

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