Join Caring as Communities in this mini-series interviewing the frontline community health navigators supporting our nation’s most vulnerable patients. In this episode, Jenn Demmin shares her journey coming from AA and how she balances working in the field as a role model, mentor, and support for individuals with substance use with self-care in a career where she faces potential triggers on a daily basis.
About Jenn Demmin:
Jenn joined CBCS’s HUV Team as a Resource Navigator in June of 2022. She is assigned to the Region One Expansion Team. Jenn is a passionate community advocate for girls and women, transition-aged youth, and the LGBTQ+ community. She also champions the open acceptance and de-stigmatization of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Her most recent work experiences include working as a Case Manager, Acudetox Specialist, and Peer Recovery Specialist at Bridging the Gaps, Inc.; Administrator of the Period Access Distribution Center Administrator in Lynchburg, VA; and for Chestnut Health Systems as a Grant Project Assistant/Evaluator for both the Bedford County Family Treatment Drug Court Program and the CABHI Program in partnership with Horizon Behavioral Health. In addition, she is pursuing her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Lynchburg. Jenn recently celebrated 11 years of continuous recovery from her own mental health and substance use disorders. In her free time, she draws on her past lived experiences to volunteer in the community as a peer recovery specialist and enjoys exploring and photographing Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.