Community Health Impact: Spotlight on Polk County – Dinner and Speaker (November 3rd, 2023)

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Health Improvement Achievements in Polk County and

Public Health Impact of Street Fentanyl

Friday, November 3, 2023 /// 5:30 pm cocktails, 6:30 pm dinner
Western Oregon University – Werner University Center ///400 Monmouth Ave. N, Monmouth, OR 97361

Join us for dinner on Nov. 3rd for an opportunity to hear from Chris Gibson, Executive Director of the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), on the impact of street fentanyl in our communities.

Additionally, we will recognize local individuals making a difference in the health of the Polk County community.

This evening is an opportunity for the community to celebrate success and address a critical public health issue. Let’s come together to put a spotlight on Polk County and work to create a healthier community.


Our Featured Speaker – Chris Gibson

A nationally recognized leader with an 18-year career in law enforcement, CHRIS GIBSON serves as the Executive Director of the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and as the Chair-man of the National HITDA Director Committee. In 2018, Chris received the Edward Williams Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program works to reduce the impact of illegal trafficking and use of drugs throughout Oregon and Idaho by identifying, disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. In 2022, their enforcement initiatives seized over $2.16 billion in illicit drugs and conducted 2,695 arrests.

As Polk County addresses the challenges of illicit fentanyl, Chris offers valuable insight into the world of drug enforcement and community-based solutions to drug crises. The West Valley Foundation is excited to share Chris’s expertise as we put a spotlight on the most significant issues affecting our region.

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