Shannon Breitzman is a principal with Health Management Associates’ Denver office where she provides leadership to public health and behavioral health projects. Her projects include facilitation and strategic planning, health needs assessments and health improvement plans, design, implementation and evaluation of training and technical assistance, including on opioid misuse prevention and treatment, and organizational restructure and change management, including state and community behavioral health and public health systems.
Shannon is experienced in research and consulting on data integration across public health, human services, and healthcare; developing research papers and issue briefs on the relationships between interventions to address social determinants of health and their impact on chronic disease, violence, mental health, and substance use; training and technical assistance services across multiple state and local public health agencies on public health interventions, leadership, and process improvement; design of a comprehensive, community-oriented behavioral health system, including the development of strategies across prevention, treatment, and recovery; State Innovation Model population health plan and sustainability plan development for three state agencies; and a comprehensive study of youth suicide in Colorado, including primary and secondary data collection and analysis.
Previously, she served as the branch chief for the Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This branch supports several priority injury and violence prevention initiatives, as well as mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention initiatives, including suicide prevention, prescription drug overdose prevention, motor vehicle safety, older adult falls prevention, child maltreatment prevention, interpersonal and sexual violence prevention, the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System, and retail marijuana education and prevention. Programs within the branch aim to reduce injury and violence and promote mental health through injury surveillance, policy development and implementation, public awareness and education, community grant making, technical assistance and training, needs assessments, and evaluation.
Shannon has extensive experience with multi-sector, multifaceted collaborative initiatives, is a skilled facilitator, and is trained in collective impact and lean six sigma process improvement. She earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a master’s degree in art therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific.