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InterOptimability Resources

Our Resource Center is a virtual library where you can go for a broad range of information relating to interoperability, information-sharing, and the six domains in which NIC primarily works: human and social services, public health, public education, public safety, emergency medical services and health information technology. We have vetted and aggregated numerous studies, guidance documents and other materials, which can be sorted in a variety of ways for easy access and use, and will add resources continually over time. The Resource Center is available to all professionals interested in the subject matter, irrespective of whether they are NIC participants.

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02-06-2019 Brief

Get the Facts: Odds of Dying

“For the first time on record, your odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than dying in a motor vehicle crash.” As of 2017, opioid overdose is in 5th place for causes of death in United States after: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and suicide.

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12-19-2018 Report

Improving the lives of young children through data: Lessons learned from three early care and education data integration projects

In an effort to inform policies that influence the lives of children and families, three states -Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island- are highligthed in their work to integrate education, health and/or social service data. This information can be used to shape services and to identify gaps within them, in order to make services more effective and efficient.

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12-19-2018 Report

SPOTLIGHT: Burner Phone Initiative

Through providing pre-programmed burner cellphones, the city of Alexandria works to divert people who have suffered non-fatal overdoses away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. The Burner Phone Initiative is designed to connect more people struggling with substance use disorders with reliable treatment instead of being arrested. This initiative makes it easier for people to reach out and access help, when they are ready.

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12-19-2018 Article

A Public Health Strategy for the Opioid Crisis

This article provides a public health perspective that can be used to mobilize different levels of society in response to the opioid crisis. The research presented considers the diverse determinants that affect health. Opportunities and recommendations that may improve public health and clinical practice are proposed.

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