The Accelerator Program Newsletter provides weekly updates on upcoming webinars, program announcements, and relevant news updates for Accelerator teams in the California Opioid Safety Network.
  Accelerator Program
Weekly Update - July 4, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

This week we wrapped up the coalition funding and sustainability TA series. Our partners at the Center for Collaborative Planning led the coalitions in discussions about the benefits of becoming a 501(c)(3) versus fiscal sponsorship, leveraging volunteers, and how to justify funding support. Funding continues to be a challenge area for coalitions and we are working on creating more opportunities for grant writing training and support. 

Looking for more funding and sustainability resources? See this folder which has all of the worksheets referenced during this TA series. 

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Vice President, External Relations and Preventive Medicine
Public Health Institute

In this Issue

Coalition Highlight

Lake County elevates stories of OUD
SafeRx Lake County is partnering with their local newspaper to publish stories from people in opioid use disorder recovery and their friends or family. These narrative based pieces include interviews and are weaved with educational material on opioid misuse and opioid safety strategies. The coalition recently met with a group to ask questions about their experiences and perspectives on Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and future conversation topics include: safe storage and disposal, polysubstance use, and Narcan.


Revised Date for August Tribal MAT ECHO Clinic
The August Tribal MAT ECHO Clinic will be held on August 27 instead of August 20 to avoid conflicting with the DHCS Substance Use Disorder Statewide Conference. Click here to see the revised series flyer.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant (BJA) Applications due July 26, 2019
  • Expansion of Practitioner Education (SAMHSA) Applications due August 2, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grant (SAMHSA) Applications due August 6, 2019
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA) Applications due August 16, 2019

Opioids in the News

In this article, Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and affiliated faculty member at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute compares Vancouver. B.C. and West Virginia’s policy response to the opioid epidemic. The two regions implemented two different unilateral approaches - one overwhelmingly limited the upstream supply of opioids, and another provided harm reduction services, yet their drug overdose death rates are nearly identical. Humphreys asserts that one cannot fully address the epidemic without the other. Both approaches are needed to save lives and create lasting change. Click here to read more.
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