Emerging Trends in Public Health
Sharing Session - 90 Minutes
In addition to fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses, the current domestic drug overdose epidemic contributes to a wide range of devastating community consequences. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is leading the Local Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response (LOOPR) program, designed to increase local response capacity to the opioid epidemic in communities with a high burden of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses.
This session will provide a short overview of the LOOPR program, followed by a facilitated discussion to investigate LOOPR participants’ unique experiences in building local community response efforts. Participants will describe replicable, real-world examples of how local health deparments (LHDs) can best lead and support local opioid response activities.
The LOOPR program funds select LHDs to explore innovative and collaborative approaches to combat the epidemic within their communities. LHDs engaged with a broad, diverse range of community stakeholders to develop and implement strategies across the fields of prevention, harm reduction, and linkages to care. To achieve the program goals, NACCHO provides LHDs with resources and technical assistance to develop and implement activities, supports efforts to monitor and evaluate progress, and facilitates peer-to-peer learning opportunities to share best practices and obtain the latest knowledge on opioid-related topics.