Donna Strugar-Fritsch, BSN, MPA, CCHP
San Francisco, CA
Backed by more than 30 years of healthcare policy, administration, program development, research and evaluation, and clinical nursing experience, Donna Strugar-Fritsch has consulted with a wide variety of clients during her 17-year tenure with HMA.
A nationally recognized expert in correctional healthcare, she built a strong consulting capacity around the interface of the justice system and the Affordable Care Act as well as helping clients establish innovative models of care in correctional health, and comprehensive treatment of addictions in jails, prisons and other justice settings.
Donna directs a California project with teams from 32 counties that are providing evidence-based medications for addiction treatment (MAT) in jails and collaborative courts. She also led a national project with 16 county-based teams to expand access to MAT in jails and drug courts and is working with two large prison systems to implement MAT.
Under her leadership, a comprehensive training on addiction and its treatment has been developed. This training is tailored to six disciplines in child welfare and criminal justice whose professionals influence the use of MAT. The training has been provided to more than 2,000 people in California and has been converted to web-based modules available nationwide at no cost.
Donna is a passionate advocate for jails as a key component of community healthcare safety nets and for evidence-based treatment of addiction in prisons and jails.
She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University. She is a certified Correctional Health Care Professional, a National Public Health Leadership Institute Fellow, and a licensed registered nurse.