The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy has appointed Regina LaBelle, JD, as a visiting fellow. In this role, she will be advising the Center on FDA-related policy development and stakeholder engagement, in particular, FDA efforts to improve its risk mitigation strategies and improve the safe use of prescribed opioids. She will also advise the Center on content for webinars and meetings and aid in identifying opportunities for internal and external collaboration.
Visiting Fellows participate in working groups and activities that support research on a number of initiatives in health care delivery and payment reform, biomedical innovation for pharmaceuticals and devices, and health policy education and workforce development. The appointment as a Visiting Fellow is reserved for individuals who, through their collaboration with the Duke-Margolis Center, are deserving of an affiliation but do not have any formal academic responsibilities nor do they receive financial support from the university.
LaBelle is a principal with LaBelle Strategies, advising governments and non-profit organizations on effective strategies to address today's opioid epidemic. A frequent commentator on the opioid issue, Regina has appeared on MSNBC and is a regular contributor to The Hill. Until January 2017, Regina was Chief of Staff in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) where she served for eight years as a political appointee. While at ONDCP, she co-authored and helped to implement the Administration's plan to address the opioid epidemic. Regina represented ONDCP before Congress, at national conferences, and with the media. Skilled at public speaking, writing, and strategy development, Regina's previous work as legal counsel to the Mayor of Seattle, as well as in the Federal Government, provide a unique perspective on today's public policy challenges. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, Regina lives with her husband and son in Maryland.