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Daliah Heller

Director of Drug Use Initiatives; Vital Strategies

Daliah Heller is the Director of Drug Use Initiatives at Vital Strategies, the lead partner in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ initiative to reduce overdose deaths in targeted states across the country. She has worked for more than two decades in leadership positions to promote, design, and implement a public health response to drug and alcohol use in public policy and practice. She established the Alcohol and Drug Use Bureau as Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and previously, she built and led a nationally-recognized organization providing harm reduction services in the Bronx. She has served as an advisor on drug and alcohol policy to state and local governments, community leaders, and non-profit organizations. Daliah holds a PhD in Social Welfare from City University of New York Graduate Center, MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University, and BA in Political Science and Philosophy from McGill University.



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