Associate, Abt Associates, Abt Associates
Leigh Fischer has had extensive public health experience in partnering with a range of national, state and local agencies and organizations. Her work has included program development, grant writing, consultation, research and evaluation. Her present overarching interests include the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the public health system and substance use continuum of care, and the promotion of health and wellbeing across the lifespan. As the director for SBIRT Colorado and the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., Fischer provides oversight to the integration of substance use services in healthcare and community based settings across Colorado. Currently in her eighth year with the SBIRT Colorado initiative, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Fischer is focused on ensuring that substance use prevention and intervention is an integral component of emerging systems of care. Through her previous experience focused on violence prevention and adolescent health, Fischer facilitated education and advocacy-based activities to address risk and protective factors among marginalized populations. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in behavioral sciences and health promotion from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fischer is a member of the Delta Omega honorary society in public health and is currently serves on the board of directors for ACHMA: the College for Behavioral Health Leadership.