News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg
August 20, 2019
HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network inaugural meeting draws experts from hospitals across PA to begin two-year overdose prevention and recovery intensive
Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN), a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community. The HAP Opioid LAN is a two-year project designed to bring the commonwealth’s hospitals together to adopt evidenced-based best practices to prevent overdoses and help patients recover. This effort is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million grant to address the opioid crisis.
The kick-off conference featured a series of speakers and workgroups designed to break down silos and encourage the HAP Opioid LAN’s diverse hospital membership to work collaboratively and share lessons learned related to barriers to treatment, and ways to best help patients and families recover.
During the event, project leaders and participants began the work of:
- Identifying the components required to build a collaborative response to the opioid crisis
- Recognizing hospital best practices to establish pathways for patients to receive treatment
- Evaluating individual hospital responses to their communities’ needs, and the resources needed to deploy additional programs for overdose prevention and recovery
- Determining quality metrics, goals, and outcomes for the HAP Opioid LAN, and next steps for achieving them
The conference is the first in a series of in-person events, webinars, and breakout group meetings to help participating hospitals work together to address individual hospital and community needs as well as the larger, statewide opioid crisis.
“This is just the beginning of a two-year journey of helping Pennsylvania’s hospital community improve upon our excellent work in this space by scaling hospital best practices and implementing new ideas to prevent overdoses and help patients get the care they need to recover,” said Andy Carter, president and CEO of HAP. “This is no easy undertaking, and I am so proud that our commonwealth has the opportunity to be on the cutting edge in finding collaborative, lasting solutions to address the opioid crisis that can be replicated across the country.”
To date, more than 100 hospitals across Pennsylvania have signed up to participate in the HAP Opioid LAN, which is administered by Vital Strategies and will be evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians serves in an advisory capacity for this project.