Chin Hwa (Gina) Dahlem, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP

Gina Dahlem

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3174 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-3658
Fax: (734) 763-0681

In the news

  • Della Volpe, Kristin.  (May 10, 2021).  AANP Applauds Updated Opioid Use Disorder Guidance. Clinical Advisor

  • Gross, Allie.  (December 11, 2017).  Video shows man coming back to life after overdosing at a Detroit CVS.  Detroit Free Press

  • Slagter, Lauren. (November 16, 2017). New Ann Arbor clinic to address medical needs of chronically homeless. MLive


  • Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution
  • Post-overdose interventions
  • Homelessness
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Emergency Department Substance Use

Dr. Dahlem is a family nurse practitioner whose clinical focus has been delivering primary care services for complex care populations particularly for people experiencing homelessness. Her research focuses on developing and implementing innovative models of care through community-engaged research to reduce the burden associated with drug overdoses. She is also the co-inventor of Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services which is being used worldwide as a screening tool. Dr. Dahlem has led opioid overdose prevention trainings throughout Michigan and nationally for first responders, community laypeople, healthcare providers, and emergency departments.  Her online overdose prevention education can be found on

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • US Department of Justice. Michigan State Police. Pilot Testing of Community Overdose Assessment Team: A Demonstration Project (PI:2019-2021)
  • CDC/MDHHS. Evaluation of Recovery Opioid Overdose Team Plus (PI:2020-2022)
  • Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan. Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution for Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties (PI: 2017-2022)
  • SAMHSA. Detroit Public Health Department. Dectroit Community Opioid Response Inititiave (co-I: Dahlem, PI: Heinze J, 2018-2022).
  • SAMHSA. Opioid Hard Reduction and Treatment Quality in Acute Care (co-I: Dahlem, MPI: Brummett, Englesbe, Waljee & Kocher, 2019-2021)


Dr. Dahlem teaches in the graduate level courses for primary care nurse practitioner programs.  She serves as a clinical preceptor at the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County/Packard Health Clinic.  In addition, Dr. Dahlem delivers opioid overdose prevention education regionally and nationally. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Washtenaw County Board of Health Member, 2020-present
  • The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA), 2020-present
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2005-present
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, 2012-2019

Notable Awards / Honors

  • AANP Certification Exam Item Writer, 2014-2020
  • Public Health Nursing Article of the Year Award: Beyond rescue: Implementation and evaluation of revised naloxone training for law enforcement officers, 2017
  • Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2016
  • Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department Service and Program Improvement Award, 2015
  • NONPF Leadership Mentored Experience Program, 2014-2015


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2010
  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2005
  • BSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2002
  • BS, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1999

Publication Highlights

  • Dahlem, C.H., Schepsis, T.S., Voepel-Lewis, T., Rank, A.L., Teter, C.J., Kcomt, L., McCabe, V. & McCabe, S.E. (in press).  Prescription Opioid Misuse in Older Adult Surgical Patients: Epidemiology, Prevention and Clinical Implications. Journal of Addictions Nursing.

  • Zhang, X., Wang, N., Hou, F., Ali, Y. Dora-Laskey, A., Dahlem, C.H. & McCabe, S.E. (in press).  Emergency Department Visits by Patients with Substance Use Disorder in the United States.  Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.  

  • Dahlem, C.H., Granner, J., & Boyd, C.J. (in press).  “We’re here to help you”: Law Enforcement Perceptions of Naloxone Training and Its Effects Post-Overdose Reversal.  Journal of Addictions Nursing.

  • Dahlem, C.H., Walker, M., Dora-Laskey, A., Kellenberg, J. & Kocher, K. (2020). Emergency Department Naloxone Implementation Guide, published for State of Michigan,

  • Dahlem, C.H., Scalera, M., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Tasker, M., Anderson, G., McCabe, S. & Boyd, C (2020). Recovery Opioid Overdose Team (ROOT) Pilot Program Evaluation: A Community-Wide Post-Overdose Response Strategy.  Substance Abuse, DOI:  10.1080/08897077.2020.1847239

  • Dahlem, C.H. and Doe-Simkins, M. (2019). Take A.C.T.I.O.N. to Save Lives: Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Prescribing Naloxone for Accidental Opioid Overdose Prevention. Education resource published for American Association of Nurse Practitioners,

  • Dahlem, C.H., Scalera, M., Chen, B., McCabe, S. & Boyd, C. (2019).  Impact of Take A.C.T.I.O.N Opioid Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution – Who Benefits? Substance Abuse, Oct 22,1-8.  DOI: 0.1080/08897077.2019.1671946.

  • Dahlem, C.H., King, L., Anderson, G., Marr, A., Waddell, J., & Scalera, M. (2017). Beyond Rescue: Implementation and Evaluation of Revised Naloxone Training for Law Enforcement Officers, Public Health Nursing, 34(6), 516-521. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12365.

  • Dahlem, C.H., Horstman, M., & Williams, B.C. (2015). Development and Implementation of Intranasal Naloxone Opioid Overdose Response Protocol at a Homeless Health Clinic. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12249.

  • Darling-Fisher, C., Salerno, J., Dahlem, C.H., Martyn, K.M. (2013). The Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS): Providers’ Assessment of Its Usefulness in their Clinical Practice Settings. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 28(3), 217-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.03.003.

  • Yi, C.H., Martyn, K.K., Salerno, J., & Darling-Fisher, C. (2009). Development and Clinical Use of the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) Questionnaire in School-based Health Centers. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 23 (1), 2-9.

  • Yi, C.H., Lori, J.R., Martyn, K.K. (2008). Development of Prenatal Event History Calendar with African American Women. Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 37 (4), 464-73.

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