The Opioid NPA Caucus: Tiers and Priorities for Action

To help advance the goals, the Opioid NPA caucus has established the following tiers, priorities, and activities for action

Tier I: Priorities and Activities for Months 1-3 

  • Increase awareness and understanding across regions about the opioid epidemic, with a specific focus on the opioid crisis as it relates to communities of color. 
    • Facilitate multi-part region-by-region "State of the Epidemic" informational webinars. 
  • Foster partnership with non-health sectors related to social determinants of health (SDoH) (e.g., housing, education, employment) that impact the opioid crisis and strategies to address these SDoH.
    • Partner with FIHET members to host a webinar describing how non-health sectors related to social determinants of health impact opioid use (e.g., housing, employment) and feature FIHET members from non-health sectors who discuss their work to combat the opioid crisis. 
  • Data collection and sharing across federal, tribal, state, and local governments to track and combat the opioid epidemic, with a focus on racial and ethnic minority populations. 
    • Ensure consistent dissemination of available data by routinizing the diffusion of publicly available data. Contribute to the FIHET Data Compendium Opioid Section. 
    • Implement a plan for addressing opioid-related data related challenges, facilitate virtual opportunities to better understand opioid-related data collection challenges, and work with key stakeholders to prioritize and offer strategies for addressing data-related challenges. 
  • Enhance regional understanding of funding opportunities. 
    • Circulate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and dissemination of federal, state, and private sector funding opportunities related to the opioid epidemic. 
  • Establish a resource inventory. 
    • Create a resource inventory to address Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the opioid epidemic and promote resources focused on safe disposal of opioids and other community-level interventions to address opioid misuse. 
Tier II: Priorities and Activities for Months 3-6 
  • Develop relevant publications, reports, and factsheets about the opioid epidemic, with a specific focus on the opioid crisis as it relates to communities of color. 
    • Publish opioid epidemic fact sheets, region-by-region blueprint of the epidemic as it impacts each state and its demographic populations. Write a regional report using information obtained during each regional webinar. 
  • Increase understanding of community-level interventions to address opioid misuse. 
    • Introduce effective community-level prevention interventions. Promote the use of overdose prevention strategies. Develop a compendium of strategies. 
  • Identify promising models for recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC). 
    • Work with regional stakeholders to increase understanding of recovery support services to include non-health sectors related to SDoH (e.g., housing, education, employment). 
    • Create a compendium of promising approaches to ROSC development, as a way to improving access to treatment, including medication assisted treatment, and recovery support services
Tier III: Priorities and Activities for Months 6 and on
  • Raise community awareness about issues of the opioid epidemic, including non-medical opioid use, opioid use associated risks, and the opioid epidemic as it relates to other health issues and health disparities.
    • Write issue briefs that provide background on the connection between the opioid crisis and a particular health issue and health disparities. For instance, the opioid epidemic is driving increased rates of infectious diseases, which harm the public’s health and are costly for individuals, families, communities, and states.
  • Promote criminal justice-treatment collaborative efforts. 
    • Host learning labs to develop and implement strategies to expand access to opioid use disorder treatment for justice-involved populations, including the use of drug courts.