California Opioid Safety Network


The California Opioid Safety Network is an innovative statewide learning network that is designed to increase the impact of a wide range of stakeholders involved in opioid safety across California. The problem is urgent: overdose death rates in some California regions are among the highest in the country.

By leveraging resources and facilitating peer-to-peer learning, the Network offers a forum to all coalitions, organizations and individuals working to combat the opioid crisis. Network members will have access to resources for staying in touch with the best practices from the field, and will receive ongoing communications with periodic news updates, informational bulletins and webinar invitations, among other resources and opportunities.

The Network is managed by the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Center for Health Leadership and Practice (Leadership Center), in partnership with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and an advisory group of leaders and stakeholders.

The Network is based on the work of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) from 2015 to 2017, through which they supported a network of 16 opioid safety coalitions, representing 23 counties. Today 36 counties have a coalition. Building from the successes of the initial network and the lessons learned from a coalition assessment conducted by PHI in 2017, the Leadership Center’s approach will accelerate the capacity and impact of the Network.

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 to bring down opioid overdose deaths in California by at least 20% by 2019. To achieve this goal, they engage and support local community leaders to take action, and partner with state and federal leadership and broad-based task forces working to address opioid overuse through collective impact. 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. 

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, which include the creation of the Statewide Opioid Safety Workgroup and the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard. Read more here.

Monthly Digest

Read more about the California Opioid Safety Network in our Monthly Digests:

Opioids: Explore the Data

The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard features:

  • Data by county
  • Data at the state level
  • Downloadable data
  • Enhanced data visualization
  • Data customization tutorials
  • Data definitions
  • And much more!

Contact Us

Center for Health
Leadership & Practice

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



Download materials from the California Opioid Policy Summit, held on November 8-9, 2017, in San Diego, CA!

Upcoming Events of Interest

Events of interest hosted by our partners.

2/5-2/6 The Opioid Crisis & Related Public Health Issues in the Rural Northern Counties: A Summit to Discuss Solutions. Monday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Santa Rosa, CA. Topics will include hepatitis C, HIV and STDs, and overdose, as well as other public health issues related to the opioid crisis. Read more and register online.

3/25  "Dose of Awareness" 5K Walk/Health Expo in Walnut Creek, CA. Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm (PST). Join Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition & the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse for this family-friendly event to help spread awareness and raise funds to support local efforts to end the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Please register at

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