The JAR Forum for a Safer NYC sparks dialogue and change by bringing together community leaders, city government officials, nonprofit staff, academics, and other stakeholders to discuss critical issues of safety and well-being in New York City.
Last fall (2018), UM hosted the 3rd bi-annual JAR Forum. This panel discussion focused on the growing concern and impact of the local opioid epidemic. The event was facilitated by the Emmy-award winning journalist, Brook Silva-Braga, and led by the following expert practitioners, law enforcement and non-profit professionals, professors, advocates, recovering addicts, and authors: Dr. Sarah Church, Allan Clear, Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, Julia DeWalt, Susan Herman, Erin Khar, Jake Nichols, Dr. Fred Rotgers, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, and Dr. Sharon Stancliff. The event was photographed by Carey Bradshaw Photography, and filmed by MediaPlace. The conversation dove deep into the causes of and solutions to the crisis, at a time when every 7 hours someone in NYC is dying of a drug overdose.