Learning Library

Our Learning Library is intended as a virtual resource center where professionals can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human services, education, public health, public safety, health information technology and emergency services. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use – and we will add resources continually over time. The Learning Library is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter.

To make the Learning Library as robust and beneficial as possible, we welcome recommendations of relevant content that users encounter elsewhere, that they have produced themselves or that they are already utilizing. Please fill out and submit the form below to provide your suggestions and comments, or send an email to info@stewardsofchange.org.

10-08-2019 Toolkit

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook

The AHRQ Academy developed the Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Playbook (referred to as the MAT for OUD Playbook), a practical guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. While the Playbook aims to help providers in rural primary care, the information in the Playbook should apply to other ambulatory care settings. This interactive, web-based product has the latest guidance, tools, and resources that address key aspects of implementation.

The MAT for OUD Playbook aims to address the growing need for guidance as more primary care practices and health systems begin to implement MAT. The Playbook’s framework is designed to be useful for practices implementing any array of MAT servi

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09-10-2019 Toolkit

Shared Use Playbook- Opening up recreation facilities to promote community & health

ChangeLab Solutions developed the Shared Use Playbook for public health advocates, community leaders, and local government officials who want to learn more about implementing shared use agreements. This new playbook compiles many of our tools and resources for formalizing shared use agreements into one comprehensive guide. In addition to highlighting real-world examples, the playbook discusses the benefits that shared use can have for a community’s health:
1) Regular physical activity is crucial for the prevention and control of chronic disease.
2) Access to nutritious food through shared use community gardens and farmers markets helps address obesity, hunger, and poor nutrition.
3) Shared use agreements maximize the impact of existing facilities; they are an efficient and economical use of resources.

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09-10-2019 Roadmap

A Roadmap to the Ideal Juvenile Justice System

Tim Decker, on behalf of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network, agrees that now is the time to articulate a vision of the ideal juvenile justice system. “Leading movements that create profound change in juvenile justice challenge the status quo by countering faulty assumptions about youth, families, and communities as they build public will for change. This approach begins to change the culture of the system and provides clarity regarding entrenched policies and practices that do not work well and need to stop or be much less common. It also provides time and space to do more of what is working and create new innovations that transform the system. “

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09-10-2019 Report

HHS Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) required the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to develop the Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations – PDF*, which identified gaps or inconsistencies, and proposed updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain…This Resources Kit includes a set of factsheets and infographics that summarize information from the Report that can help communicate recommendations for improving pain management. The resources below are listed by pain management related topic areas. Click the links below to download the PDF of each type of resource. These resources can be used in PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, or on social media accounts.

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08-15-2019 Brief

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

Abstract: The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect child and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families. Although progress has been made toward racial equality and equity, the evidence to support the continued negative impact of racism on health and well-being through implicit and explicit biases, institutional structures, and interpersonal relationships is clear. The objective of this policy statement is to provide an evidence-based document focused on the role of racism in child and adolescent development and health outcomes. By acknowledging the role of racism in child and adolescent health, pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals will be able to proactively engage in strategies to optimize clinical care, workforce development, professional education, systems engagement, and research in a manner designed to reduce the health effects of structural, personally mediated, and internalized racism and improve the health and well-being of all children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.

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06-10-2019 Web Page

National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)

As an effort to find solutions for the current opioid crisis, the National Center for State Courts has developed an evolving resource center which provides information and resources focused on the justice system and the opioid crisis.

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