Veteran community engagement professional Amanda Peters was named Heroin Impact Response Task Force Coordinator at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District in April.
The Heroin Impact Response Task Force was formed in 2012, bringing together more than 15 community partners in a united effort to ensure the people of Northern Kentucky will have access to life-saving and life-restoring resources for addiction that will reduce its impact in our communities.
“Fighting the heroin epidemic is a regional effort,” Peters said. “We are trying to get ahead of this problem to not only curb the death toll and make sure people have access to naloxone and other treatments, but also to build a robust health infrastructure that can handle heroin as well as whatever drug comes next. We have become a state model in this fight against heroin and I believe we can be a national model. We are going to be the first community to kick heroin. I truly believe that.”
Peters is an NKU graduate with a certificate of social engagement, community literacy and social justice as well as a master of arts degree in integrative studies, public administration, non-profit management, composition and rhetoric. Peters went on to work at the university as associate director of community connections, and she has also been employed at Brighton Center as a community engagement specialist and manager for the center for employment training program.