McLean County Coroner to Address Opioid Crisis
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As the opioid epidemic continues to grow into a public health
crisis, McLean County Coroner Kathy (Davis) Yoder will present a talk on the national
and local effects of opioid abuse on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student
Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). This event is free and open to the public.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from 1999 to 2014, 165,000
Americans died from opioid prescription overdoses. Total medical expenses to treat
opioid abuse cost an average of $72 billion each year.
Both Yoder’s background as a nurse practitioner and her current position as county
coroner have provided her valuable insight into the opioid crisis. After graduating
from the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University with a Master of
Science in Nursing in 2005, Yoder received board certification as a family nurse practitioner.
She then joined the neurosurgery team at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria,
Illinois, while also teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University.
Yoder earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Tennessee, where she continued to provide care to neurosurgical patients at Carle
Foundation Hospital. Yoder worked on research for a “cooling brain helmet” that would
help combat brain injuries, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Yoder, a lifelong McLean County resident, was appointed McLean County Coroner in November
2014. She also currently serves on Advocate BroMenn’s Governing Council and the Mennonite
College of Nursing Strategy and Planning Council.
Yoder’s talk is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University’s Counseling and Consultation
Services. For more information, please contact executive director of Counseling and
Health Services Annorah Moorman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21