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Saisuma Veerapaneni, BA, MPH, 

Population Health Program Coordinator

Saisuma joined THT in March 2021 as Population Health Program Coordinator.

As Program Coordinator, Saisuma helps implement NowPow, an online tool that helps caregivers address economic and social conditions affecting an individual’s health and well-being. Saisuma also works with the Overdose Fatality Review Team in collaboration with Mercer County’s Department of Human Services/Office on Addiction Services. The mission of the OFRT is to analyze data relating to overdoses, identify trends, evaluate strategies to decrease opioid deaths, integrate public health infrastructure and substance abuse prevention, and ensure the coordination of participants’ response and prevention efforts.

Prior to joining THT, Saisuma served as a volunteer EMT in NJ for 4 years. She saw patterns of social, economic and health inequity, which drew her to public health. A focus of hers is the opioid crisis, after seeing the effects of opioid overdoses as an EMT, as well as from research projects and papers she worked on as an MPH candidate.

When the global pandemic started, she knew that she could best serve her community as a Covid-19 Contact Tracer & Case Investigator. She interviewed, monitored and counseled Covid-19 positive individuals across NJ. She also worked with local health department officials and other tracers to help mitigate larger outbreaks from events, schools and nursing homes.

As a public health professional at THT, Saisuma is passionate about the opportunity to help vulnerable and marginalized members of the population improve their health. Saisuma is a native of central New Jersey who is proud of her Indian heritage. She loves to spend time outdoors with her German shepherd dog and cook.

Saisuma earned her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Global Health and her Bachelor of Arts (BA), both from TCNJ.

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