Leilani is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She attends George Washington University for a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She was an Army Nurse Corp officer working in critical care. After leaving the military, she received a Master of Public Health at the University of Texas at El Paso. Leilani worked in drug policy reform and harm reduction among active drug users for a non-profit organization in North Carolina. While there, she successfully lobbied for one of the most comprehensive drug overdose prevention laws in the country. The law was the first of its kind in the US South and it later became a template for future legislation in the region. Leilani organized one of the largest naloxone distribution programs in the country combining fixed-site and mobile distribution in North Carolina. Her work laid the foundation for the program to grow where, to date, they have received over 10,000 reports overdose reversals by lay individuals. She is a 2016 Tillman Scholar.
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