Overdose Data to Action in States

Overdose Data to Action in States funds 49 state health departments and the District of Columbia to expand their surveillance efforts to track fatal and nonfatal overdoses, emerging drug threats, and associated risk factors, and to enhance biosurveillance and data linkage.

OD2A in States was designed to empower jurisdictions to:

  • Collect data around community characteristics, including race/ethnicity, and conduct analyses that consider social determinants of health and use a health equity lens
  • Use data to inform and tailor prevention strategies, with an emphasis on reaching groups disproportionately affected by the overdose epidemic
  • Ensure implementation of culturally relevant interventions and equitable delivery of prevention services

OD2A in States also provides support for clinician education and training, and health IT infrastructure improvement. Prevention strategies emphasize initiatives that have impacts across systems, like:

  • Ensuring that clinician education efforts lead to change in clinical practice aligned with the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
  • Reducing stigma and removing barriers in access to evidence-based care for pain and substance use disorders
  • Increasing positive interactions between clinicians and people living with pain and those who have experienced an overdose or are at high risk of overdose

This funding opportunity emphasizes harm reduction, linkage to care via navigation programs, public safety partnerships, and outreach by people with lived experience to communities they represent to close gaps in access to care and services.

  • Required: Surveillance infrastructure
  • Required: Morbidity surveillance
  • Required: Mortality surveillance
  • Optional and competitive: Biosurveillance
  • Optional and competitive: Data Linkage
  • Required: Clinician/Health system engagement and health IT/PDMP enhancement
  • Required: Public safety partnerships/ interventions
  • Required: Harm reduction
  • Required: Community-based linkage to care
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