California Opioid Safety Network

The California Health Care Foundation has selected the Public Health Institute’s Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) as the manager of the California Opioid Safety Network. Across California, local coalitions, comprised of stakeholders including providers, public health officials, hospitals, law enforcement, consumers, advocates, and others work to reduce opioid overdose deaths in their communities.

Applications are now open for these coalitions to apply to the Accelerator Program. The program includes:

  • Intensive coaching and support

  • Outreach, data, and communications tools and training

  • The option of an AmeriCorps VISTA member, trained by the network and assigned to your local site. (Salary and benefits paid by AmeriCorps)



In 2015, CHCF began supporting 16 opioid safety coalitions, representing 23 counties. The model has spread. Today 36 counties have a coalition. Building from the successes of the initial 18 months, and the lessons learned from a coalition assessment conducted by PHI earlier this year, the Center’s approach will accelerate the capacity and impact of the coalitions.

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice has a proven model of capacity building deployed to address urgent public health challenges. The Center recently ran a similar program in the Appalachian Region (West Virginia and Kentucky) focused on substance use and opioid safety.

Alongside the Accelerator Program, the Center will facilitate a statewide learning network to increase impact by leveraging resources, facilitating peer-to-peer learning, and other key tools.



The RFP for coalitions is now available. You can download the RFP hereUPDATE: Applications are now due by Thursday, December 14, 2017. An informational webinar for potential applicants was held in October. Please click the links below to access the webinar resources:

  1. archived recording
  2. FAQs
  3. presentation slides

For the RFP, please click here. Please contact us with any other questions at:


40 VISTA AmeriCorps Members to Work with California Opioid Safety Coalitions

AmeriCorps VISTA is recruiting and hiring up to 40 people (federal employees with benefits) to be placed in California opioid safety coalitions to support coalition work. These VISTA members, 100% FTE, can support coalitions in a range of capacities, including project management support, preparing materials, outreach and materials development, or other duties as defined by coalition leadership.

VISTA members will receive initial opioid safety training and ongoing support from the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, manager of the California Opioid Safety Network. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorp VISTA member to support the work of a coalition, please click here for more information.