California Opioid Safety Network

The California Health Care Foundation has selected Public Health Institute’s (PHI’s) Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) to take on the role of manager of the California Opioid Safety Network. Combining their experience developing leadership capacity with a team of subject matter experts, CHLP will initiate an accelerator program to provide intensive coaching, capacity building, and technical assistance. In addition, up to 40 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will be deployed at local coalitions across the state, made possible through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Coalitions will be selected through a competitive process (see below).

In 2015, CHCF began supporting 16 coalitions, representing 23 counties, in order to engage in multidisciplinary strategies to address the opioid epidemic. This cross-sector collaboration included providers, public health officials, hospitals, law enforcement, consumers, advocates, and more.

Building from the successes of the initial 18 months, and the lessons learned from a coalition assessment conducted by PHI earlier this year, CHLP’s approach will accelerate the capacity and impact of the coalitions with a focus on addressing supply (safe prescribing), promoting recovery (ensuring access to treatment), and preventing overdose (harm reduction). Coalitions that are selected for the California Opioid Safety Network program will receive a support aimed at strengthening local partnerships, capacity building, and measuring progress toward improving opioid safety in their communities. Coalitions will also have the option of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers trained through CHLP to support their coalition efforts.

The Coalition Network program is based on CHLP’s proven model of capacity building deployed throughout the nation to address urgent public health challenges facing local communities. CHLP recently ran a similar program in the Appalachia Region (West Virginia and Kentucky) focused on substance use and opioid safety. Building off of the work of the program, CHLP will facilitate a larger statewide learning network to leverage resources, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, provide communications,  data, and measurement tools, and more.

The RFP for coalitions is now available by completing the form below. An informational webinar for potential applicants will be held Wednesday, October 18, 4:00-5:00 pm. You can register now for the webinar here. FAQs will be posted on this page soon.