Designing a Health Equity Toolkit for Rural and Remote Communities

Funded by the Telligen Community Initiative, the Toolkit supports public health departments in generating a shared understanding of health equity within the organization, creating an organizational commitment to improving equity, and institutionalizing health equity practices.  This toolkit builds off the work of many existing resources, for which the OMNI Institute and partners are grateful.  We are humbled to contribute this toolkit to the field of equity and hope it may inspire others who will build onto it in the future. 

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Using Data to Support Communities Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic

As recently reported in The Washington Post, the release of a comprehensive national dataset on opioid prescriptions provides a ‘virtual road map to the epidemic.’ Research shows that as opioid prescriptions increase, so do the number of opioid overdoses, and the data recently made available to the public dramatically illustrates this fact.

 We see the importance of such data every day in our work with states and communities invested in reducing and preventing the misuse of opioids and its devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities.    

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'Data Viz' Gallery Opening

At OMNI, we have several Best Practice Teams that draw on and cultivate the talent of our staff from across our divisions. Our Data Visualization Best Practice Team primarily supports company-wide excellence and innovation in ‘data viz’. For OMNI, good data viz means more than just beautiful graphics, it means clear and easily understood data for a range of audiences and makes data accessible and useable for our clients and their stakeholders. 

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Outcomes Measures and Treatment Philosophy: Tracking Patient Progress and Measuring Outcomes

For the past three and a half years, our team worked closely with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providerson a pilot study designed to test and refine best practices for conducting outcomes data collection, analysis, and reporting for addiction treatment. We worked with eight treatment facilities to collect data on long-term outcomes for patients after leaving treatment and measured key indicators such as substance use, mental health, and social support. The study resulted in the publication of the NAATP Addiction Treatment Outcomes Measurement Toolkit: The Addiction Treatment Provider Guide to Standardized Outcomes, published in a special issue of the NAATP newsletter, Addiction Leader.  

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Colorado Opioid Safety Summit

News about the opioid epidemic this can be paralyzing—making us think there is nothing that can be done to address the epidemic which led to 558 deaths in 2017 in Colorado alone. The good news is not only is there something that can be done about the opioid epidemic, but hundreds of healthcare professionals in Colorado are convening this week to increase awareness and share lessons learned from the work that is already being tackled to address the crisis.

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