IN CAREs ECHO

About IN CAREs ECHO

The Indiana Communities Advancing Recovery Efforts (IN CAREs) ECHO brings together leaders from key sectors within local communities in Indiana that are experiencing high rates of substance use disorder and opioid-related overdose to share community-based solutions that have demonstrated effectiveness and mitigate poor health outcomes related to drug use.

Each session begins with a didactic presentation by a guest speaker and it is followed by an engaging, open discussion amongst the participants on the Zoom call. Following the didactic discussion, a county will present a case study where they'll ask for feedback from the participants. 

The program is a collaboration between the IUI ECHO Center at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention (DTIP) at the Indiana Department of Health and funds the implementation of community-driven, best-practice efforts in 14 Indiana counties.

For more questions about IN CAREs ECHO, contact Alex Buchanan: albuchan@iu.edu

Counties participating

  • Allen
  • Bartholomew
  • Cass
  • Clark
  • Dearborn
  • Floyd
  • Jay
  • Johnson
  • Lake
  • Morgan
  • Porter
  • Randolph
  • Scott
  • Tippecanoe

Hub Team

Amnah Anwar, MPH, MBBS

Amnah Anwar

Senior Director & Epidemiologist | Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA)

Her work at IRHA involves senior staff management, program management, grant evaluations, and grant writing. She is currently working as the program director for the Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium, which is a grant-funded program under the Health Resources and Services Administration for combating the epidemic of substance use overdose deaths and morbidity in rural Indiana.

She is also the lead evaluator for three different federally funded programs. She serves on the board of the Indiana Immunization Coalition. She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from King ward Medical University, Pakistan and master's in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from Indiana University (IUPUI). Her research interests include health disparities, mental health and addiction, and vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Alex Buchanan, MA

Alex Buchanan

IN CAREs ECHO Project Manager

Alex Buchanan is the project manager at the Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE). At the IU IPE Center, Alex oversees various curricular and co-curricular projects that pertain to interprofessional education and collaboration. He also manages the Indiana Communities Advancing Recovery Efforts (IN CAREs) ECHO at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health through the IUPUI ECHO Center.

Alex has a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University. He earned his master’s degree in executive development at Ball State University. Alex previously worked at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business as the associate director of student engagement where he supervised the academic advising staff and assisted in course and curriculum development. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of student life at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, IN. 

Erika L. Chapman, MPH, CPH, CHES, CHW, RYT-200

Erika L. Chapman 

Harm Reduction Program Manager | Indiana Department of Health: Division of HIV/STD & Viral Hepatitis

Erika currently serves as the Harm Reduction Program Manager with the Indiana Department of Health in the Division of HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis where she has served in various capacities since 2006.

Erika holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Theatre and Art from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Health Science from Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health. She has also earned Certified in Public Health, Certified Health Education Specialist, and Community Health Worker credentials. Outside of her work Erika loves to travel, knit, and pester her husband and two cats.

Molly A. Nichols, PharmD, MS, MATS

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Curriculum Specialist & Research Associate (remote) | University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Molly Nichols is a pharmacist and health services researcher. She currently works in a remote role with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, where she serves as a Curriculum Specialist and Research Associate for the Pharmacy Addictions Research & Medicine Program. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Her research to date has explored the pharmacist’s role in substance use disorder interventions and patient care, and her work has received national funding and recognition. Molly is also a passionate educator and has delivered over 450 hours of pharmacy practice- and substance use disorder-related education to various learners and practitioners.

Molly holds Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University. She also completed a one-year post-graduate residency with Walgreen Co./Purdue University and a two-year post-graduate research fellowship with Purdue University. Molly is additionally certified as a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist through the Indiana Counselor’s Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA).

Chief Tom Synan

Chief Tom Synan

Chief of Police, Co-Chair Interdiction Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition

Tom Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran, a 26-year police veteran, and the police chief of the Newtown Police Department. He is also a 10-year SWAT veteran serving four years as team leader. In 2014, Mr. Synan helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition where he sits on the steering committee and chair interdiction.

Mr. Synan coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand. Mr. Synan was asked to testify in Washington D.C. at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee giving testimony on synthetic opiates and the impact fentanyl and carfentanil have had on the country.

Mr. Synan was a speaker with President Clinton and other distinguished panelists for the Clinton Foundation discussing the opioid crisis at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Synan’s career and work with the opiate epidemic has been recorded and archived in the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. His work with the coalition has been used in national and international publications and media outlets.

Madison Weintraut

Madison Weintraut

Assistant Administrator | Infectious Disease | Safe Syringe Access and Support

Madison Weintraut is the founding program manager of Safe Syringe Access and Support, Indianapolis's first legal syringe services program. Prior to her work with syringe services, Madison worked as a nurse epidemiologist focusing on hepatitis B and C. Madison served as incident commander during the planning of the SSP, designing the program policies and procedures, meeting with community stakeholders and elected officials, and applying to and receiving nearly $3 million in grant funding over the course of less than a year.

Madison has degrees in neurobiology and physiology from Purdue University (BS), nursing from Marian University (BSN), and Health Policy and Management from IUPUI (MPH).