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 15, 2019
Dear <<First Name>>,

We know many coalitions are building relationships with their local, state and federal legislators. See these two rich resources to inform your coalition's policy recommendations: the CSAM Public Policy Platform, and the Alcohol Justice California Opioid Legislation Positions. The latter is updated by Ramon Castellblanch, PhD, Solano Opioid Safety Coalition member, and both are great sources. We are looking into ways to better support coalitions' advocacy efforts and promote opportunities in the opioid legislative landscape. Coaches will be checking-in regarding coalition legislative efforts during coach calls, and please let our team know if you are looking for additional resources or support. 

Remember to RSVP by Friday, August 30, for the COSN Accelerator Program Convening which is on September 18-19 at the Sacramento Masonic Temple. See below for more information.

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

ADA National Network Learning Session: "Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act in Health Care Settings"
Webinar on Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Addiction to opioids and other substances has risen dramatically in recent years. How government and private entities view treatment of addiction to opioids and other substances has raised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns. In this session, hosted by PHI's Pacific ADA Center, two members of the ADA National Network will discuss how the ADA impacts persons with Opioid Use Disorders in a variety of health care settings. Registration closes at midnight, August 21, 2019

COSN Accelerator: Introducing the Strategic Planning Toolkit
Webinar on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
We have all heard about the importance of conducting and implementing strategic planning, but we know the process can seem 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 healthcare 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 30, and see the preliminary convening agenda.


California Department of Public Health Public Education Campaign:
Your Pain is Real. So Are the Risks.

The goal of the TheRisksAreReal public education campaign is to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription opioid medications by empowering consumers to speak with health care providers about safer pain management options, seek treatment, and promote safe storage of prescription pain medications. The campaign targets adults 25 years and older who acquire opioids from licensed prescribers and live in rural northern California counties with a high rate of prescription opioid overdose and death. The campaign includes public service announcements, a consumer-webpage, terraboosts, digital advertisements, and social media assets that connect consumers to helpful resources (i.e., naloxone and county-level treatment resources). Website:  
California Buprenorphine Waivered Providers
Would you like access to a list of providers by zip code waivered to prescribe buprenorphine in California? Contact Amy Max ( for more information.
Lessons Learned From the Opioid Epidemic
In this article, Joshua M. Sharfstein, physician, and current Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, outlines lessons learned and presents opportunities for health care system corrections moving forward, "so that a tragedy of this scale does not occur again." Share his recap of the national opioid landscape and series of recommendations with your partners new and old to this work.

Funding Opportunities

For a full list of active funding opportunities and descriptions click here.
  • Mental and Substance Use Disorders Prevalence Study (SAMHSA): Applications due August 16, 2019
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points, Tribal MAT Infrastructure Support (Sierra Health Foundation) Applications due August 26, 2019

Opioids in the News

"Last week the the California State Board of Pharmacy reached a settlement with McKesson Corp. that will compel the company to provide $1.5 million worth of free opioid overdose-reversing medication to first responders. The settlement was made late last month and will take effect by the end of August. McKesson must submit a proposal to the state board 120 days after it takes effect, specifying which organizations will be receiving the naloxone and how much they will get, according to the release. McKesson must also report to the board every six months on its naloxone distribution and it must distribute all of the naloxone within four years." Read the full article.
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