Jinna Samara Halperin, M.P.H.

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Principal (Co-Owner)

Ms. Halperin worked with DMA as a subcontractor and subsequently joined the firm in 2014 as a Senior Associate, becoming a Principal in 2019. She is a member of DMA’s Management Team, the Board Vice President, and served a lead role in planning and implementing DMA’s cooperative conversion. Ms. Halperin has provided program management, evaluation, technical assistance, and proposal and report writing services to numerous social service agencies, health care providers, community hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. She has two decades of federal, state, and foundation grant writing experience. Ms. Halperin has facilitated dozens of listening sessions, focus groups, planning meetings, and key informant interviews on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other partners. She provides ongoing technical assistance and support to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services particularly around Recovery Support Services and Workforce Development. Ms. Halperin co-led the Bureau’s FY18 Massachusetts Recovery Coach Workforce Scan, presented findings to the Governor’s Recovery Coach Commission, and recently led the Bureau’s 2021 Recovery Coaching Landscape project.

Ms. Halperin also serves as Project Manager and Lead Evaluator for several SAMHSA-funded Certified Community Behavioral Health Center Expansion grantees, Community Mental Health Center grantees, and Evaluator for a Building Communities of Recovery grant and a MAT Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse grant. She previously served as the project manager and one of the lead evaluators for DMA’s five-year evaluation of Caring Together, the Department of Child and Families’ Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project to redesign the Commonwealth’s residential and community-based services in partnership with the Department of Mental Health. Ms. Halperin earned her Masters of Public Health from Boston University and Bachelors of Arts with honors in Anthropology and African Studies from Beloit College.