Partnerships For Success Opioid Misuse and Heroin Use Prevention
The State of Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health(DBH) issued the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant (SPF PFS) to coalitions across the state of Alaska to prevent the non-medical use of prescription opioids(NMUPO) among 12-25 year olds and heroin use among 18-25 year olds. Within Anchorage, the Volunteers of America Alaska's Healthy Voices Healthy Choices coalition (HVHC) was awarded funding. HVHC contracted with Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC) to conduct this assessment.
Purpose of Assessment
The DBH tasked grantees with collecting data pertaining to NMUPO among 12-25 year olds and heroin use among 18-25 years old. Through the assessment, grantees were to collect data pertaining to the nature of NMUPO and heroin use and related consequences, including health disparities related to NMUPO and heroin use. Grantees were also asked to assess intervening and community factors. Specifically, grantees were required to assess community factors related to social and retail availability, and perceived risk for harm of NMUPO and heroin use, and an additional intervening variable the coalition identified in this process is regarding harm reduction. PFS grantees were additionally asked to assess the community's capacity and readiness to address NMUPO and heroin use.
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Vice President of Prevention and Intervention