California Opioid Safety Network


The California Health Care Foundation has selected the Public Health Institute’s Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) as the manager of the California Opioid Safety Network. This statewide network includes local coalitions, comprised of stakeholders including providers, public health officials, hospitals, law enforcement, consumers, advocates, and others working to reduce opioid overdose deaths in their communities.

Applications are now open for these coalitions to apply to the Accelerator Program. The program includes:

  • Tools and training opportunities that will increase the impact of your outreach efforts and make data more accessible to your communities, and effective strategies for communicating about your community's issues to the public and to policy influentials
  • Intensive coaching and support
  • The opportunity to receive a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member, trained by the network and assigned to your local site (salary and benefits paid by AmeriCorps)


In 2015, CHCF began supporting 16 opioid safety coalitions, representing 23 counties. The model has spread. Today 36 counties have a coalition. Building from the successes of the initial 18 months, and the lessons learned from a coalition assessment conducted by PHI earlier this year, the Center’s approach will accelerate the capacity and impact of the coalitions.

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice has a proven model of capacity building deployed to address urgent public health challenges. The Center recently ran a similar program in the Appalachian Region (West Virginia and Kentucky) focused on substance use and opioid safety.

Alongside the Accelerator Program, the Center will facilitate a statewide learning network to increase impact by leveraging resources, facilitating peer-to-peer learning, and other key tools.

AmeriCorps VISTA Announcement

40 AmeriCorps VISTA Members to Work with California Opioid Safety Coalitions

AmeriCorps VISTA is recruiting and hiring up to 40 people (federal employees with benefits) to be placed in California opioid safety coalitions to support coalition work. These VISTA members, 100% FTE, can support coalitions in a range of capacities, including project management support, preparing materials, outreach and materials development, or other duties as defined by coalition leadership.

VISTA members will receive initial opioid safety training and ongoing support from the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, manager of the California Opioid Safety Network. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorp VISTA member to support the work of a coalition, please click here for more information.

Our Partners

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is working with partners across the state to decrease opioid-related deaths 20% by 2019. One of their key strategies is to support a network of opioid safety coalitions. Read more here.

AmeriCorps VISTA opioid programming addresses the crisis by placing VISTA members with nonprofit organizations, government entities, and tribal nations that are creating or expanding existing opioid projects targeting low-income communities. Read more here.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is leveraging a multi-sector collaboration at both the state and local levels to build a comprehensive approach to address the opioid epidemic. Read more here

Contact Us

Center for Health
Leadership & Practice

555 12th Street, Suite 200
Oakland, California 94607
Phone: 510 285 5586
Fax: 510 285 5587

Apply Now!

The RFP for coalitions is now available. You can request the RFP by completing the form below. UPDATE: Applications are now due by Thursday, December 14, 2017. An informational webinar for potential applicants was held in October. Please click the links below to access the webinar resources:

  1. archived recording
  2. FAQs
  3. presentation slides

For the RFP, please sign up below. Please contact us with any other questions at:

Opioids in the News

Our weekly news update is thanks to i.e. communications

One idea for preventing leftover opioids from fueling opioid abuse (Washington Post - Dec. 5, 2017)

‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony (The New York Times - Dec. 4, 2017)

Could Marijuana Replace Opioids As A Painkiller? Experts Are Skeptical (Forbes - Dec. 3, 2017)

Opioids In The Family (NPR – Dec. 1, 2017)

Stop Blaming the Opioid Epidemic on Patients Who Shop Around for Doctors (Mother Jones – Nov. 30, 2017)

California's Opioid Crisis: Deaths of Despair on the Rise (The California Endowment – Nov. 30, 2017)

Purdue Pharma Discloses Negotiations With AGs on Opioids (Bloomberg – Nov. 30, 2017)

Kellyanne Conway Might as Well Be ‘Opioid Czar’ (Opinion) (The New York Times – Nov. 30, 2017)

Opioid Crisis: Doctor explains risk factors in Shasta County (KCRC – Nov. 30, 2017)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions creates new DEA office to 'turn tide' in opioid crisis (USA Today– Nov. 29, 2017)

California survey finds physicians, pharmacists comply with prescription drug monitoring law (Medical Xpress – Nov. 29, 2017)

Kellyanne Conway Has Zero Experience In Drug Policy But Is Running the White House Opioid Response (Mother Jones – Nov. 29, 2017)

How Opioids Started Killing Americans (Bloomberg – Nov. 28, 2017)

Rural America in Crisis: The Changing Opioid Overdose Epidemic (CDC Blog – Nov. 28, 2017)

Opioid Users Are Building a Movement for Public Health Solutions to the Epidemic (Alternet – Nov. 28, 2017)

Quitting Opioids Cold Turkey Made Me Want to Die (Tonic – Nov. 27, 2017)

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy (NPR – Nov. 24, 2017)


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