The Task Force

The Office of the Staten Island Borough President convened multiple public agencies, community-based organizations, and expert groups who already lead efforts to track and address opioid related harms on Staten Island.

The task force purpose was to identify evidence based best practices and metrics that would provide a guidepost as to how improvement in these important indicators was being achieved. The members include John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, the Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon’s office, Northwell Health, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW) and Staten Island PPS.

In addition, an Opioid Data Working Group was formed with nationally renowned experts on data strategies and best practices to address opioid related harms. This group helped gather final recommendations for the data strategy based on review of public input, information from treatment providers and community partners about the available data and existing efforts, and scientific evidence about what is known to be most effective at preventing and addressing opioid related morbidity and mortality.

The Opioid Data Working Group included:

  • Anthony C. Ferreri, DBA (Chair). Dr. Ferreri is the former CEO of Staten Island University Hospital and is now Regional Director for Region 2 – New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and The US Virgin Islands, at the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S. Dr. Cunningham is Professor and Associate Chief of General Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Marc N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH. Dr. Gourevitch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine.
  • Jonathan Morgenstern, PhD. Dr. Morgenstern is Assistant Vice President for Addiction Services at Northwell Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine.
  • Nora Santiago, M.S. Ms. Santiago is Urban Policy Analyst and GIS Specialist at CUNY College of Staten Island.