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Story: Michigan Partners with Primary Care to Reduce Health Disparities

Partnerships with federally-qualified health centers help Michigan’s prevention efforts reach underserved young adult populations.

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Story: MO-HOPE Expands Naloxone Training and Distribution in Missouri

For the Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (MO-HOPE) Project, getting naloxone into the hands of law enforcement and substance misuse treatment providers meant developing a flexible training and distribution program that addressed the concerns of multiple audiences.

Andrea Boxill, Deputy Director of GCOAT
Story: Ohio Partners Work Together to Reduce the Flow of Prescribed Opiates

To reduce opioid misuse, the Ohio Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, comprising representatives from the governor’s office, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and health care providers, created a clear set of opioid prescribing guidelines.

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Story: Oklahoma Tribes Collaborate to Understand Local Prevention Needs

With leadership from a local health board, four Oklahoma tribes work collaboratively to understand the substance use and misuse prevention needs within their communities. 

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Story: Omaha Colleges Work Together to Prevent High-Risk Drinking

The Omaha Collegiate Consortium, comprising eight colleges and universities, worked together at a time when many universities are reluctant to share the extent of their student drinking problems.

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Tool: Online Tools to Keep Your Collaboration Ticking

This resource briefly describes some of the user-friendly tools currently available to help your team function more efficiently.

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Tool: Opioid Overdose and the Role of Prescriber Education

This at-a-glance resource describes the relationship between opioid overdose and overprescribing, and makes the case for prescriber education as a prevention strategy.

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Tool: Opportunities for Collaborating with Medical Professionals to Prevent Opioid Misuse

This tool presents examples of state- and local-level opportunities for collaborating with medical professionals across settings to plan and support prescriber education programming.

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Tool: Opportunities for Engaging Partners to Prevent Opioid Overdose-related Deaths

Preventing opioid overdose requires collaboration with a diverse range of partners—some familiar and some new to the world of prevention. This tool presents different sectors prevention practitioners may want to engage in opioid overdose prevention efforts, along with opportunities for meaningful engagement.

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Story: PA Creates Statewide Opioid Misuse Prevention Media Campaign

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance forged a collaboration among prevention, addiction, and media experts to raise public awareness about prescription drug misuse and heroin.

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Story: Partnerships Strengthen Faith-Based Prevention in Kentucky

By focusing on shared values and building personal connections, Kentucky has created a unique prevention enhancement site dedicated exclusively to collaborating with faith-based communities.

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Tool: Preparing for Prescriber Education: Getting the Lay of the Land

This practice-support tool identifies the different agencies responsible for prescribing and distributing prescription opioids in a community.

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Tool: Primary Care 101: A Glossary for Prevention Practitioners

This glossary offers an introduction to the key players in primary care.

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Tool: Principles of Collaboration

This tool presents six important principles of collaboration.

Story: Rural Tekoa, Washington Paves Its Own Way to Prevent Opioid Misuse

Despite limited resources, a small town rallies community partners around prevention.

An Assessment of the Impact of the SC Overdose Prevention Act of 2015
Story: South Carolina Partners with Law Enforcement on Naloxone Program

State prevention leaders joined forces with local police departments to create an effective naloxone training, distribution, and monitoring program.

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Tool: Starting Strong: The Importance of Getting an Early Win

Discover the importance of early-win projects and how they can help keep your partners engaged for the long road ahead.

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Tool: State- and Community-level Partners to Engage in Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts

This tool is designed to help prevention practitioners identify potential partners within their state and communities, whose involvement is critical to preventing opioid overdose.

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Tool: Tips for Ensuring a Culturally Competent Collaboration

This resource presents a starting point for ensuring the cultural competence of your collaborative efforts.

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Tool: Tips for Healthy Collaborations

Successful collaboration requires careful maintenance and occasional compromise. This tool presents some tips for keeping your collaboration healthy over time.

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Tool: Tips for Successful Recruitment

This tool presents some tried-and-true tips from seasoned prevention practitioners on “getting to yes.”

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Story: Unique Public-Private Partnership Strengthens New Hampshire Prevention

A 10-year, $12 million philanthropic initiative from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation extends the prevention reach of New Hampshire’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.

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Tool: Using Social Media to Facilitate Collaboration

This tool offers an introduction to the role that social media can play in building and growing public health collaborations.

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Tool: What Do We Mean by Resources?

Prevention practitioners often collaborate to maximize resources and/or fill resource gaps. This tool describes three types of prevention resources— fiscal, human, and organizational.

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Tool: Why Should We Collaborate?

Discover some of the important reasons why collaboration in substance abuse prevention is essential.