Coalition Partner - Local Health Departments

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Coalition Partner - Local Health Departments

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Local Health Departments are often one of the main organizations to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Ideally, they should be doing this in close collaboration with the non-profit hospitals that operate in their county, as those hospitals also have to do a similar assessment and plan. It is increasingly common for Substance Abuse or Opioid Abuse to be a top priority issue identified by the Health Department and their CHIP coalition. Ideally, this OCRH can help to not only allow for a robust strategy to be developed and implemented by the community, but it can also become a model for how the other priority issues are addressed.

List of Objectives Most Directly Impacted by Health Departments


Educate the Community on Opioid Risks and Alternatives

  • Leverage available material to increase education on risks and alternatives to community members
  • Engage CHIP partners to help spread education on opioid risks and alternatives


Improve Safe Storage of Prescription Drugs

  • Lead a collaborative campaign to improve safe storage of prescription drugs



Expand Prescription Drug Take Back and Disposal Programs

  • Lead a collaborative campaign to expand take-back and disposal programs



Empower & Strengthen Parents & Caregivers



Expand School Prevention Programs



Increase Involvement in After School & Faith Based Activities



Expand Positive Recreation Activities




Train Youth in How to Resist Peer Pressure to Try Drugs




Improve Detection and Treatment of Mental Health Conditions




Improve, Align and Integrate Relevant Collective Impact Efforts




Improve Alignment Among Funders Working to Address the Opioid Crisis or Related Issues




Improve Collaboration Among Government & Healthcare Organizations





Improve Communication between Corrections and Public Health when People with SUDs are Re-Entering Communities






Enhance Communication from Healthcare Providers to Law Enforcement to Help Track Down Sources of Illegal Opioids




Enhance & Expand Data Sharing among Relevant Systems




Increase the Use of Secure Electronic Referral Management




Expand the Development & Use of Centrally Managed Personal Success Pathways



Improve the Connections between People and Available Community Resources