MAY 18, 2018

DEBORAH THOMPSON, Iowa Public Health Legislative Liaison

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

Deborah Thompson has a unique perspective on opioids. She has worked professionally for 13 years with legislators on public health issues while personally helping her husband fight an addiction that began with prescribed pain pills after a car accident. Ultimately, Deborah’s husband lost his battle, but she continues to battle for him by speaking with legislators and communities about the impact of these drugs. At the May Crossroads, we’ll take a look at the current opioid trends and legislation and hear Deborah’s personal story.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Deborah Thompson serves as the Iowa Department of Public Health’s legislative liaison. Deborah says she was drawn to her career at IDPH because the core public health principles of assessment, policy development and assurance aligned well with her principles of good governance and resource management. Deborah holds both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Drake University.

In her five years at IDPH, Deborah says the accomplishment of which she is proudest is passage of the bill providing the authority for the Iowa Health Information Network to be made into a nonprofit, because she believes it was a great step for continuing to increase patient-centered care by using electronic records in Iowa’s health care system. When not representing IDPH at the legislature, Deborah enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old son, Lincoln, decorating her new home and going for walks.

Please email 
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This venue has a hearing loop and those with telecoils may use them.


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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.