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JFSA groups to discuss Tucson’s opioid crisis

Nancy Johnson, left, and Tim Hartin will speak on the opioid crisis on NOv. 5 for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Maimonides and Cardozo societies

Two Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona affinity groups will hold a joint event next month to discuss America’s growing opioid crisis and its effects on the local community. The Tucson Maimonides Society and Tucson Cardozo Society will host two local experts on the subject.

Nancy Johnson, R.N., Ph.D., the CEO at El Rio Community Health Center, will discuss the impact on treatment and recovery. At El Rio, one of city’s largest primary medical, dental and behavioral health providers, Johnson leads 700 professionals who deliver care for one in 10 Tucsonans. Johnson also serves as adjunct faculty at three Arizona universities and recently co-edited “The Care of the Uninsured in America.” She is a recent recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award and the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tim Hartin, J.D., is Tucson Medical Center’s senior vice president and chief legal officer. He is at the helm of TMC’s legal suit against 25 opioid manufacturers and six distributors for negligently and fraudulently creating the opioid crisis that is “devastating communities” in Arizona and across the country. Hartin has practiced business, corporate, and health and hospital law for more than 25 years in both law firms and hospital settings. The Harvard Law School cum laude graduate is a member of the Arizona, Wisconsin, and Texas bars and practiced in those states. He belongs to the American Health Lawyers Association and the Arizona State Bar In-House Counsel Section.   

The Tucson Maimonides Society is a fellowship of medical professionals dedicated to educational, social and philanthropic activities under the auspices of JFSA. Similarly, the Tucson Cardozo Society is an association of Jewish attorneys, judges and law students affiliated through the JFSA.

The event will be held Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. The dinner and program are $50 ($25 for interns and medical residents, free for medical and law students). Register by Oct. 30 at www.jfsa.org or contact Geri Bertagnolli at 647-8468 or geri@jfsa.org.