When Addiction Comes Home: The Opioid Crisis in Middle Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — News of the national opioid crisis is everywhere, and it has hit us right here at home in Middle Tennessee.

The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will go behind the headlines to learn about the many ways it is impacting our region, through the lives of our neighbors, friends, mothers, sisters and children, at the annual Women’s Fund Forum set for 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.

The Women’s Fund Forum will feature an informative discussion with panelists sharing a range of perspectives that will serve as an introduction to how our city and our state have been affected by what’s been called one of “the most consequential preventable public health threats facing the nation.”

Panelists include:

  • Jan Brackett — Territory Business Manager, Addiction Division, of Alkermes, a biopharmaceutical company.
  • Ingrid L.R. Cockhren, M.Ed. — Founder of LeMai Daisy, which works with companies and organizations that serve children and families, and an Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University.
  • Anita Wadhwani — Investigative Reporter, The Tennessean.
  • Dr. Michael Warren — Deputy Commissioner on Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health.

Panel moderator, Pat Shea, former YWCA CEO and current Partner, Shea Advisory Services, LLC will steer the discussion.

The Women’s Fund Forum is free and open to the public. Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP is located at 511 Union St., Suite 2700.



About The Women’s Fund
Begun in 1994 with the vision of improving the lives of women and girls in need throughout Middle Tennessee, The Women’s Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has surpassed the $2.6 million mark as it builds an endowment to support nonprofits working to: encourage the achievement of self-sufficiency for women; promote the health and physical well-being of women and girls; and prevent violence against women and girls.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

Media Inquiries: Contact Pat Embry at 615-321-4939 x109 or pembry@cfmt.org.