PAI - Strengthen the Coalition to Reduce Opioid Abuse

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Potential Actions for Individuals


Become an Active Part of a Working Group (or Action Team)

It is common for coalitions to set up several (or sometimes many) working groups or "Action Teams" that focus on specific topics.  These are the groups that do a lot of the actual work to advance the strategies of the coalition.  It is not essential that you have a lot of in-depth background on topics to be an effective member of an Action Team.  You can learn much of what you need to know in this site, the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub.  Different members of the Action Teams can use different skills and time commitments to advance the work of that Action Team.  Find out which Action Teams need help, and consider your interests and skills.  If it makes sense, you could be a leader or co-leader of an Action Team.  Otherwise, just be a supportive team member who helps keep things moving forward. 

Become an Ambassador and Recruit New Members

Much of the effectiveness of coalitions depends on having the right people at the table who can make decisions, open doors, and be a catalyst to get others involved.  As an ambassador for the coalition, you can talk with the coalition leaders or Action Team leaders and find out what types of people they would like to have as part of the coalition, and then you can try to make connections with those people, share with them about the coalition and the value they can bring and the benefits they would gain for being part of the coalition. 


Introduce your Coalition to the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (OCRH)

Most coalitions are not aware of the many ways that using the OCRH can help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the coalition.  The link below shares some tools and details for how you can help your coalition use these tools. 

Introduce your Coalition Leadership to the Population Health Learning Collaborative

The Population Health Learning Collaborative  (PopHLC) is a free resource that has valauble information to help coalitions learn how to do more effective assessments and how to develop strategies and plans that are more likely to be implemented, not just be a document that sits on the shelf.  The PopHLC has access to a 4 hour E-learning course based on the workshop that launched the learning collaborative in May of 2019, and there are monthly webinars along with other resources.  You can send out an E-mail to people working on community health improvement or population health and encourage them to learn these techniques and tools. 

Introduce your Coalition to the SAFE Community Playbook

The SAFE Community Playbook was developed by a non-profit organization, SAFE Project, to help equip communities move more quickly to adopt a more comprehensive range of strategies for addressing the opioid crisis.  An easy action is to send an E-mail of the link to the playbook to key people in the opioid or substance abuse coalition and suggest that they review the playbook to determine if there are ideas that they can implement to enhance the community response to the opioid crisis. 


Introduce Your Coalition to the Community Coalition Accelerator

The Community Coalition Accelerator (CCA) is a several week process that brings together dozens of communtiy partners to learn techniques and tools to advance their collaboration on several topics that are part of a comprehensive community strategy for addressing the crisis of addiction, with a focus on the misuse of opioids.  The process uses a combination of in-person, local interactions and remote coaching over the internet.  The program is a very cost-effective way for a coalition to get a significant expansion of community engagement, and it helps them quickly tap into the multitude of resources in the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (many of which are free).  The process centers around a 6-hour workshop, and that workshop is preceded by a month of recruiting, preparation and ramping up of the local topic facilitator and scribes.  Then, after the workshop, there are 5 webinars (one for each topic) to provide coaching in the two months after the workshop. 

In addition to suggesting that your coalition consider participating in the CCA, you could offer to help recruit people to be parts of the different groups that will participate in the process.  You could then offer to be a facilitator or a scribe for one of the topics, or you can