The Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) is proud to collaborate with the Duval County, Broward County and Florida Department of Health at the state level along with our many local community partners which include agencies such as the Health Council of Southeast Florida, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Agency (HIDTA), Palm Health Foundation, the Palm Beach Medical Society, the Health Care Emergency Response Coalition (HERC), the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the Opioid County Task Force, and the Sober Homes Task Force. All of these agencies are working together on the CDC’s Overdose Data to Action grant opportunity. This three-year funding stream to enhance surveillance and develop innovative prevention strategies will impact so many lives in the state of Florida which are being ravished by the overdose crisis in our communities.
This grant would increase the effectiveness of surveillance systems to disseminate data in real-time with interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive approaches to drug overdose interventions; provide timely and actionable surveillance data to stakeholders in our community working to reduce drug overdose morbidity and mortality; rapidly inform the public and key regional and national stakeholders about the state of the crisis; initiate work with communities and partners to improve opioid prescription and care; improve linkages to systems of recovery through patient tracking and navigation; and initiate innovation supported by evidence-based practice including social outreach and improvements to system support.
Our strategies and activities will include 1: Improving the ability of the NSSP/ESSENCE-FL system to collect and disseminate timely emergency department (ED) data and report every 2 weeks (Tier 1); 2) Collect and disseminate descriptions of drug overdose death circumstances through the FL-ESOOS / SUDORS systems which will report every 8 to 13 months; 3) Implement innovative surveillance projects with the Public Health Laboratory to increase detection practice and through a NAS data validation effort; 4) Improve the capacity for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) functionality and state inter-operability, 5) improve State-local Integration through targeted mini-grants to local communities with evince of need through health equity analysis and demographic factors; 6) Linkage to Care through our DCF partnership to establish and improve hospital bridge and peer-navigator programs; 7) Providers and Health Systems Support work achieved through an assessment of all substance abuse/behavioral health service providers in the state to identify ones that meet recommended guidelines; 8) Public Safety Partnerships achieved through our School Health Services Program to fund Professional Registered School Nurses to help implement substance abuse health education and activities for public school students, staff and community members; 9) Empowering Individuals through outreach activities that cover a range of opportunities and audiences, from social media delivery to presentations at universities and professional meetings; 10) and through a Prevention Innovation paramedicine project using Community paramedics to change the EMS response to overdose and addiction through application of harm reduction techniques. Through surveillance and prevention our goals are to improve health outcomes of policies to mitigate the opioid epidemic using dynamic compartmental surveillance and prevention efforts to achieve the long- term outcomes of 1) Decreased drug overdose death rate, i
ncluding prescription opioid and illicit opioid overdose death rates 2) Decreased rate of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder, 3) Increased provision of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and 4) Decreased rate of emergency department (ED) visits due to misuse or opioid use disorder.