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 - August 1, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

We have two exciting Accelerator Program webinars for you to register for in August!

August 29
Have you heard of the Bridge Program? Bridge is working with 31 hospitals across California to improve and increase access to substance use disorder treatment. The webinar will feature Dr. Hannah Snyder, Co-Principal Investigator for California Bridge. Register now

August 22
Holly Sisneros will introduce a new COSN toolkit, Opioid Safety Strategic Planning: A Toolkit Designed for Local Coalitions, to help focus your strategic planning efforts. Register now.

For more information, see the "Upcoming Webinars" section below.

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

Upcoming Webinars

COSN Accelerator: Introducing the Strategic Planning Toolkit
Webinar on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
We all know a bit about the importance of conducting and implementing strategic planning. However, we also may think that the process is overwhelming, time-consuming and complicated. During this webinar, Holly Sisneros will introduce a new toolkit, Opioid Safety Strategic Planning: A Toolkit Designed for Local Coalitions, which is going to help your strategic planning effort become more focused, less cumbersome, and even, dare we say it - enjoyable! Encompassing a series of 7 steps, with explanations, application ideas and hands-on tools, this guide can help your coalition determine what aspects of strategic planning fit your coalition's goals, style, resources and priorities. There are many levels and ways to use the toolkit. With a myriad of rounded concepts and practical uses, your coalition can conduct a few activities to strengthen coalition planning work, or take a deeper dive into a more thorough and dynamic planning process. Register now.

COSN Accelerator Web Discussion: Bridge to Treatment
Webinar on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Have you heard of the Bridge Program? Are you curious about how Bridge is being implemented in health care settings around California or how your community can get involved? During this webinar, Dr. Hannah Snyder, Co-Principal Investigator for California Bridge, will provide a "Bridge 101" followed by an interactive discussion where participants can share what their coalition is doing around MAT expansion. This is a great opportunity to hear from coalitions who are participating in Bridge and ask any questions that you may have. Register now

Upcoming Conferences

[Preliminary agenda now available] COSN Accelerator Program: September 18-19 Convening RSVP
September 18-19, at the Sacramento Masonic Temple
The next in-person convening will take place over two days: Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. On day 1, we will lead a series of activities and discussions around health equity, messaging, and how your coalition can prepare for the future as the epidemic evolves. On day 2 we will invite our partners leading MAT expansion projects for a series of presentations, group exercises and interactive discussions. You will get a chance to learn more about their work, they will hear from you, and together we will explore new opportunities for engaging coalitions in local MAT expansion. RSVP by Friday, August 20, and see the preliminary convening agenda.

[Save the date] California Syringe Exchange Programs (CASEP) Conference
September 31-October 1, at The California Endowment in Oakland
This meeting is an opportunity to receive training, share resources, and build community within the California network of syringe services programs. This conference is just for those building or running Syringe Services Programs (SSP) in the state of California.


Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Pain Pill Database
The Washington Post developed a database utilizing DEA data on every pain pill sold in the United States. The county level data provides a granular look some Northern California counties which have some of the highest numbers of pills distributed. Check out the data for your county, and watch Rachel Maddow's coverage of the data's release. 

Alcohol and Drug School Curriculum
Some Marin County schools are using, High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction, a new book from David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy (2008), and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (2008) for their alcohol and drug curriculum. High provides testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the cold, hard facts about what drugs and alcohol do to our bodies. Read more.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • 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

United States Federal drug data shows a 142% increase in meth seizures between 2017 and 2018. Officials say that this likely indicates an increase in trafficking and deaths, as demonstrated by data showing a 21% increase in overdose deaths involving meth and other psychostimulants in 2018. NPR reports that some people who use drugs are using meth because they are fearful of overdosing on fentanyl. All indicators point to a rising stimulant epidemic, click here to read more.

Rural Americans are using telehealth for their health care needs for a multitude of reasons - its the most convenient way to get a diagnosis or treatment, they couldn't see a regular doctor in person, or it's too hard to travel to a doctor or hospital. The Chapa-de Indian Health Clinic provides private spaces for patients to conduct their telehealth sessions, because a barrier for many rural Americans is getting access to high-speed internet in their homes. These advances could be instrumental for connecting people with substance use disorders to behavioral health treatment. Click here to read more.
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