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Video Introduces Partnership to Address Opioid Epidemic

Fri, Sep 1, 2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by Tony Gutowski

As the heroin and opioid epidemic reaches the level of national crisis, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and mental health providers continue to grapple with ways to effectively address the crisis. With existing resources and programs failing to keep pace with the mounting number of fatal overdoses in the community, it became clear that the healthcare community needed to come together and more aggressively respond to this public health crisis. That’s why The Center for Health Affairs, in coordination with its Northeast Ohio hospital members, formed the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium.


Click above to watch a brief introduction to the Consortium

The establishment of the Consortium, which is a partnership between The Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth and St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center, is the result of years of work by community leaders and hospitals to reduce the widespread effect of the heroin and opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio. Thanks to efforts led by the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, hospital CEOs from the region agreed in late 2016 to fund a full-time position to lead a hospital-specific response to the crisis.

Due to their commitment to this public health issue, NE Ohio is one of the 1st U.S. communities to commit a hospital-financed, full-time director to the opioid epidemic.

The Center for Health Affairs is proud to be a part of this extraordinary partnership with our members, which will coordinate hospital efforts around opioid addiction and treatment in the community. Over 100 years ago, our founders came together because they knew there were times when collaboration was more important than competition – where coming together to solve a common problem was the best way forward. Today’s opioid epidemic is just such a time and we are heartened to play a role alongside our members in addressing this devastating epidemic.

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As most native Clevelanders know, this city has a lot to offer. Chief among Northeast Ohio’s many gems is our world-renowned healthcare. And from my perspective – that of a native who has witnessed our ups and downs through the years (see “Cleveland Browns”) - our...

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