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Tool: Levels of Collaboration

Stakeholders can work together in many different ways, for many different reasons. This chart presents four levels of collaboration, ranging from simple to complex.

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Story: Local Connections Strengthen Programming for NJ Military Families

Strong connections with partners across the state help the New Jersey Prevention Network develop and deliver culturally appropriate programming to military personnel and their families.

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Story: Maine Prevention Partners Rally Around Data

For nearly a decade, Maine’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, comprising local prevention leaders, epidemiologists, and evaluators, has kept data at the forefront of state and local planning efforts.

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Tool: Managing Coalition Dynamics

To support leaders in managing group dynamics, this tool offers an overview of the four stages of group development (from Tuckman’s Stages of Development Team Theory), accompanied by tips for maximizing productivity and cohesion, reducing conflict, and steering group members toward long-term success.

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Story: Massachusetts Funding Model Facilitates Prevention Collaboration

To address increasing rates of opioid drug misuse and related poisoning deaths, Massachusetts instituted a unique “cluster funding” model that requires sub-recipient communities to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders.

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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.

Story: Non-Traditional Partners Help Pennsylvania Reduce Access to Prescription Opioids

Prevention practitioners join forces with realtors and funeral directors in Blair County, Pennsylvania to prevent opioid misuse.

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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: Prevention and Harm Reduction: Opportunities for Collaboration to Address Opioid-Related Overdose (Webinar Summary)

This tool summarizes key takeaways from a CAPT webinar exploring the intersection of opioid overdose prevention and harm reduction—and how developing a cultural understanding of each discipline’s philosophy and work can facilitate healthy collaborations between them.

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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.

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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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