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.

04-08-2019 Report

Tracking Federal Funding to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Despite thorough focus on the drivers of the opioid epidemic, less attention has been placed on federal invesetments and whether or not they are targeting communities most affected and with the highest opioid related deaths. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) presents a comprehensive report which documents 57 federally funded opioid programs in the fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The programs span prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. The objective of this document is to help minimize duplicative efforts and maximize use and efficiency of limited resources. Additionally, five geographically diverse states: Arizona, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee- whose opioid deaths were 144 percent higher than the national average in 2017, are analyzed to compare how opioid funds are allocated.

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04-08-2019 Presentation

Shaping the Future of Medical and Social Care Integration

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), presented as the opening plenary at Siren’s (Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network) State of Science: A National Research Meeting on Medical and Social Care Integration.

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04-08-2019 Article

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives

Three Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) drug medications are now U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and available. Yet, many people who would benefit greatly, “subpopulations” (i.e adolescents and young adults, people in rural areas, and racial and ethnic minority groups), disproportionately lack access to necessary medications. To more widely address the opioid crisis, further research on the differences between OUD subpopulations is needed as well as the development of culturally appropriate treatment guidelines.

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03-14-2019 Report

The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families

The United Hospital Fund, supported by the Millbank Memorial Fund, highlights the impact of the opioid epidemic on children and families. This publication delivers a comprehensive look at the successive waves of loss and trauma experienced by newborns, young children, adolescents, and their families—including a blueprint for meaningful action aimed at public and private agencies and professionals.

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