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 - May 16, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

Register now for the Public Health Institute’s National Opioid Leadership Summit in Sacramento on June 25. Join me, along with the U.S. Surgeon General and speakers from the CDC, the U.S. HHS, DOJ and many more, for a daylong, solutions-based summit.  Learn about, share and collaborate on real solutions to the opioid crisis that bridge the criminal justice, health care and public health sectors, including what’s working on the local level, successful models and policies that can be tailored to fit your community, and barriers to bringing proven interventions to scale. Register now:
Speakers include (click here for full speaker list):
  • Keynote, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams
  • Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Josh Sharfstein, MD, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Mallory O’Brien, PhD, Senior Drug Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice
  • Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Director, High-Value Care, California Health Care Foundation
  • Karen L. Smith, MD, MPH, Director & State Public Health Officer​, California Department of Public Health


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


How to Start Syringe Access Programs in California (CDPH, HRC)
Webinar on May 24, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM
The CDPH Office of AIDS and Harm Reduction Coalition will hold a webinar with introductory information on starting syringe services programs (SSPs) and related harm reduction programming for organizations based in California. Following the webinar, CDPH and HRC will offer an ongoing, cohort-based learning collaborative through which interested groups can dive deeper and emerge with an authorized, supported SSP. Click here to learn more.

Opioid Safe Hospital Designation (California Hospital Compare)
To address California’s opioid epidemic and accelerate hospital progress to reduce opioid related deaths, this fall Cal Hospital Compare (CHC) will designate select hospitals as Opioid Safe for the purpose of supporting continued quality improvement and recognizing hospitals for their contributions fighting the epidemic. CHC along with other partners will publicly recognize hospitals designated as Opioid Safe. CHC will measure opioid safety using a standardized self-assessment tool annually over a three-year period. To accelerate progress, CHC will also offer an annual, complimentary 5-part webinar series designed to leverage peer learning and support continuous quality improvement. The next webinar is on June 6, click here to learn more.

Requests and Offers

  • This week the Siskiyou and Northern Sierra coalitions shared two sources for evidence based curricula that address opioid use: Keepin' It Real which is being used by the revamped DARE program, and Botvin LifeSkills Training with the caveat that it is lengthy and the module on opioid abuse prevention is available for purchase separately. Rx Safe Marin also utilizes games and this skit to engage with youth.
  • Are you interested in learning more about Deterra drug deactivation bags? If so please email Amy Max ( and she will connect you with a representative who is willing to share information with providers and waste management companies.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions on our website.
  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program (BJA) Applications due May 28, 2019
  • Provider’s Clinical Support System – Universities Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (SAMHSA) Applications due June 7, 2019

Opioids in the News

Newsom Proposes Expansive New Strategy to Combat Drug Addiction Spike in State Prisons

The prison system is no exception to the current opioid crisis. Following a recent "spike" in opioid overdoses and two deaths at San Quentin State Prison, Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing to allocate more than $233 million in the governor's budget towards substance use treatment in prisons over the next two years. In this article, Clinical Lead, Dr. Matt Willis commented, "The value of this goes way beyond prisons," by focusing on treatment, "this will save lives and money." Click here to read more.
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