Liz Blackwell-Moore, MPH, PS-C, Public Health Consultant, Birch Lane Strategies.
Liz has been working in the field of substance use and chronic disease prevention since 2000, first in direct service as a case manager and for the last 14 years specializing in substance use prevention. Her current work at Birch Lane Strategies involves working with community coalitions and organizations to provide training on prevention strategies as well as technical assistance to translate public health research into practice and implement a restorative, trauma-informed approach to addressing public health problems. This work includes leading coalitions and organizations through assessment and strategic planning processes, facilitating workshops and providing guidance on implementing evidenced-based strategies for solving complex public health problems, writing policy, and creating messaging that move the public to action.
Liz began her career as a case manager for people who had HIV and were also dealing with mental health and substance use disorders and came to the organization homeless. Her work with people who had experienced extraordinary amounts of trauma and had been repeatedly marginalized by many systems in their community led Liz to public health. After receiving her Master’s in Public Health, Liz worked at The Opportunity Alliance as a substance use prevention specialist, leading an assessment and strategic planning process for Cumberland County and then providing ongoing assistance to 14 communities for 10 years. During that time Liz received The Opportunity Alliance President’s Award for outstanding employee of 2014 and an Outstanding Service award from the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse in 2015. She served on the Maine Opiate Collaborative in 2015-16 and has presented at the American Public Health Association and Maine Public Health Annual Meetings on the prevention of substance misuse. Liz currently serves as Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Cumberland District Public Health Council.
Liz graduated from Bates College and has her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. She has a certification in Facilitative Leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and is trained in restorative practices through the International Institute of Restorative Practices. She lives in Portland, Maine and spends her free time outdoors with her wife, two kids, and dog.