EDISON, NJ – This October, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin was selected for membership in two national healthcare groups with the goal of assembling leaders from across the county to discuss challenges, opportunities, and solutions for common issues.

Assemblywoman Pinkin’s first appointment is to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National State Advisory Roundtable (SAR). Members of HIMSS share an objective to transform healthcare through the effective and efficient implementation of information technology.

Specifically, the Roundtable is a group of state and national leaders with backgrounds in health information and technology policy that meets quarterly to discuss challenges at the state and local level. The group aims to identify where health information and technology may be part of the solution, and assists states in utilizing health information and technology to support health information exchange.

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The Assemblywoman was also appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Opioid Policy Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity to increase knowledge of evidence-based strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, learn from experts, and develop individual action plans related to opioid policy issues. Program members will discuss strategies to strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs, develop prescribing guidelines, increase naloxone access, and support access to treatment and recovery services.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. That same year, opioids were involved in over two-thirds (67.8%) of all drug overdose deaths.

Assemblywoman Pinkin is one of 25 legislators across the country who have been selected to participate in this year’s Opioid Policy Fellows Program. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with leaders across the country who are at the forefront of these issues,” said the Assemblywoman. “Our different backgrounds and perspectives will lend to a greater conversation about how to improve public health, and I look forward to bringing a deeper knowledge and expertise back to New Jersey.”