Strengthening Community Teamwork

Take simple steps to enhance the effectiveness of coalition work on prevention, treatment and recovery

One of the biggest opportunities for communities to more effective address the crisis of addiction is to improve collaboration around a shared strategy. Many communities speak about achieving Collective Impact, but most struggle to break down the silos and move from fragmented efforts to greater teamwork. As an individual community member, you can have a big impact by introducing tools, training and strategy resources to the leaders of coalitions working to address substance abuse. You can also assist their efforts by being an active member in a work group that is focusing on some part of the larger strategy.

Actions YOU Can Take

Introduce your coalition leadership to the Population Health Learning Collaborative

The Population Health Learning Collaborative (PopHLC) is an excellent, free on-line resource where people who are doing assessments and creating collaborative health improvement plans for topics like addiction and the opioid crisis can learn valuable information to improve collaboration and community teamwork.  The PopHLC has recorded workshops and webinars that can be used to get different stakeholders using a similar (and highly effective) set of practices for developing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder strategies.

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Be an active member of a working group for some part of the overall strategy.

One of the best ways to support the effectiveness of a local substance abuse coalition is to volunteer to be part of an action team (or work group, or whatever they call them). These are the groups where ideas and plans move to implementation, and they rarely have enough volunteers. You don’t have to be an expert to be part of these action teams. You can help provide support in many different ways—especially if you’re willing to invest time in learning how to implement community health improvement strategies.
Volunteering with a working group is a great way to develop skills, build your network and make a meaningful impact on some part of a larger strategy.

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Introduce your coalition leadership to the Population Health Learning Collaborative

The Population Health Learning Collaborative (PopHLC) is an excellent, free on-line resource where people who are doing assessments and creating collaborative health improvement plans for topics like addiction and the opioid crisis can learn valuable information to improve collaboration and community teamwork.  The PopHLC has recorded workshops and webinars that can be used to get different stakeholders using a similar (and highly effective) set of practices for developing and implementing multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder strategies.

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Introduce your community leaders to the SAFE Coalition Playbook

The SAFE Coalition Playbook, developed by the SAFE Project, a non-profit founded by retired Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld and his wife, Mary, after their son died of an accidental opioid overdose.  The SAFE Project has a focus on creating safe communities, safe campuses and helping veterans.  By introducing your community coalition (or leaders who might choose to get involved with the coalition) to the this playbook, you can increase their effectiveness in addressing many facets of this crisis.

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Introduce the appropriate people to the Community Coalition Accelerator

The Community Coalition Accelerator (CCA) is a program that guides between 40 and 100 community members through a process that combines local, in-person meetings in small groups with remote facilitation.  The accelerator program starts with 4 weeks of recruiting and preparation and then has a 6-hour workshop where groups get ideas and tools from the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (OCRH) and then work on plans for how different community members can team up to make progress by leveraging existing resources.

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