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Emma Biegacki, MPH

Program Manager, Addiction Medicine; Program Coordinator, CHAMP, General Internal Medicine

Biography

Emma is a public health professional specialized in program management and evaluation, with 9+ years of domestic and international experience spanning the public, non-profit and health tech sectors. She is invested in improving wellbeing for people who use drugs and advancing principles and strategies of harm reduction through community-led policy-and-practice reform.

Emma joined the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine in 2019. In her current role, she oversees day-to-day operational management, communications and organizational strategy spanning the Program's interdisciplinary activities in clinical practice, education, research, and policy. Emma additionally manages the Collaborative Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine in Primary Care (CHAMP) Program, provides targeted support on special projects and working groups, and serves as a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the New Haven Harm Reduction Taskforce. In addition to her work with Yale, Emma is a volunteer with the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, a community-based organization providing harm reduction supplies, health education, basic needs resources and case management to people who use drugs. From 2019-20, she served as a Research Fellow with the Opioid Crisis Response Fund, focusing on advancement of emergency-based overdose education and naloxone distribution.

Prior to joining the Program in Addiction Medicine, Emma managed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA, where she oversaw administration of Ryan White grant funds, facilitated linkage to care, provided case management and counseling embedded in a low-barrier HIV and PrEP clinic, and spearheaded clinical quality improvement initiatives. In 2015, Emma helped launch AsylumConnect, the first international resource platform for individuals fleeing LGBTQ persecution. As Director of Data Management, she developed and scaled data collection and validation processes, established quality control measures, and coordinated pilot testing of early stage products in two U.S. cities. She continues to serve in an advisory capacity informing medical and social services linkage. Emma has a special interest in preparedness planning for people who use drugs, individuals receiving medications for addiction treatment, and other marginalized populations. She completed her undergraduate thesis on social construction of emergency aid and aid workers during epidemic conditions and later worked with Public Health - Seattle and King County on countywide planning of emergency medical countermeasures distribution and pharmacy access in the event of a large-scale disaster.

Education & Training

  • MPH
    University of Washington, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (2019)
  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania, Public Health (2015)

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