David Rosenbloom

Professor, Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health

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Colgate University, BA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD

David has taught for more than 30 years, with an emphasis on developing new techniques to improve the effectiveness of teaching. He has conducted and published research in both political science and substance abuse including a book on the development of the professional campaign management industry*, four national surveys on community anti-drug organizations and strategies,… Read more

David has taught for more than 30 years, with an emphasis on developing new techniques to improve the effectiveness of teaching. He has conducted and published research in both political science and substance abuse including a book on the development of the professional campaign management industry*, four national surveys on community anti-drug organizations and strategies, and numerous articles on substance abuse policy. He is the Director of Join Together, a program of the School of Public Health, which helps communities fight substance abuse and gun violence. He chaired a Special Committee on the Clinical Trial Network program for the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Advisory Council. David serves as a Director of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Stop Handgun Violence and is Chairman of QuitNet.com, Inc. For 8 years, he was Commissioner of Health and Hospitals for the City of Boston, acting as the city’s public health officer and CEO of the city’s public delivery system, including Boston City Hospital, 22 neighborhood health centers, and the emergency medical system. David was also President of Health Data Institute, a company that pioneered the clinical analysis of medical claims data and developed managed care tools and techniques used throughout the country today. *(The Election Men, New York, Quadrangle, 1973)

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  • Opioid Epidemic Moves Police To Help Rather Than Arrest Drug Users

    August 31, 2016

    NPR David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health Many police departments are trying various strategies to help people get into drug treatment rather than arrest them… Expert quote: “I think we are ultimately going to see that people who receive the kind of help that they’ve received by going into a police station, of all places, […]

  • Amnesty for addicts? Police chiefs weigh in

    August 16, 2016

    Worcester Telegram David L. Rosenbloom, School of Public Health Long before opioids firmed their grip on the middle class and became everybody’s problem, they were mostly the problem of the police… Expert quote: “The evidence is very strong that getting someone in quickly is an extraordinarily effective starting point.” View full article

  • Breaking the cycle of drugs and jail: Police chief chooses compassionate strategy for preventing overdoses

    August 7, 2016

    Santa Fe New Mexican David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health The message from the chief lit up Facebook in May 2015… Expert quote: “What the police are pointing out to the rest of society is: We can’t fix this problem. We can’t arrest our way out of this.” View full article

  • Gloucester Police Mark 1 Year Since Launch Of ‘Angel Program’ To Combat Opioid Crisis

    June 3, 2016

    WBUR David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health It was a year ago this week that police in Gloucester said they wanted to try a new approach to dealing with the opioid epidemic… Expert quote: “I think we are ultimately going to see that people who receive the kind of help that they’ve received by going into […]

  • 5 takeaways from the first year of Gloucester’s groundbreaking effort to fight heroin addiction

    June 3, 2016

    Boston.com David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health It’s been a year since addicts were welcomed to the Gloucester police station and offered treatment instead of jail… Expert quote: “The most dramatic finding is the view that police departments and the police officers have been seen as more supportive and more welcoming than the institutions they […]

  • Seeking to cut drug arrests, Shakopee police offer addicts money to stay clean

    May 5, 2016

    Star Tribune David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health Shakopee police are recycling money seized during drug arrests to offer as much as $3,000 to addicts for treatment… Expert quote: “What you are seeing is the pent-up frustration of police officers. In the past, [they] have been given a set of tools and expectations that didn’t […]

  • Many Doctors Hold Racist Beliefs About How Black People Feel Pain

    April 27, 2016

    BuzzFeed David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health A new survey of medical students at the University of Virginia found that about half held “false and even fantastical” beliefs that black people feel less pain than white people — fallacies that date to 19th-century doctors justifying mistreatment of American slaves… Expert quote: “It’s all mixed up […]

  • The Opioid Treatment Business Is Booming

    March 1, 2016

    WBUR “CommonHealth” David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health Ray Tamasi, the president and CEO of Gosnold on Cape Cod, has been working in addiction treatment for more than four decades… Expert quote: “I would like to see providers take all patients, so I’m not in favor of discrimination based on insurance, but we need to expand […]

  • The racial divide in the opioid epidemic

    February 27, 2016

    Modern Healthcare David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health The city of Huntington, a community of nearly 50,000 located in western West Virginia, over the past several years has felt the harsh impact of the nation’s drug abuse crisis… Expert quote: “Blacks have been undertreated for pain for decades.” View full article

  • Massachusetts Chief’s Tack in Drug War: Steer Addicts to Rehab, Not Jail

    January 25, 2016

    New York Times (subscription required) David Rosenbloom, School of Public Health Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts, took the microphone here in mid-December and opened with his usual warm-up line: I’m from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. “That’s spelled ‘G-l-o-s-t-a-h.’”… Expert quote: “This has the potential to be a disruptive […]

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