In August 2018 MiHIA’s Opioid Strategy Workgroup hosted an extremely successful  Community Coalition Accelerator workshop event. In response to the on-going community engagement and collaboration across strategies MiiHIA held a 3.5-hour follow-up workshop to celebrate and further support opiate awareness in the region.  We collectively brought together stakeholders from all perspectives including public safety, youth, teachers, employers, students, medical personnel, and more.

The purpose of the follow-up workshop, held on October 30, 2018 in Saginaw, was to highlight outcomes and activities that occurred 75-days post the initial workshop, as well as provide time for the six strategy specific groups to further collaborate and develop more focused work-plans. During the workshop, the strategy co-leads focused on two main categories during the breakout sessions: Session 1 focused on 60-180 day plans and topic-specific strategy; Session 2 focused on regional strategy and overlapping priorities for policy, intervention, and education across the strategy map.

Great Lakes Bay Region Targeted Strategies:

Each one of the groups below is actively working to engage and support progress in our region.

Protective Factors for Youth  – Working towards less duplication of services knowing that up front prevention dollars saves future dollars.  The team is focusing on the need to engage stakeholders to support a collective voice. Prevention needs to be brought to the forefront and integrated into on-going work.  Lasting Question: Who are we serving? Who aren’t we serving? What do they need? How are we going to reach them? 

Universal Screening with a focus on SBRIT- Sharing the importance of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) by educating students, social services professionals, and emergency room personnel in ways to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Lasting Question: What is being prescribed? Who are patients being referred to?

Peer Recovery- Reducing stigma related to opioid use and recovery by getting to underserviced areas in the region, utilizing technology as a helpful tool, and influencing policy with HR departments. Lasting Question: Where do we place our message for reduction of stigma? How do we find locations and opportunities to have real conversations?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)- Identifying and removing barriers for treatment delivery and increase provider knowledge on available treatment. This includes working on jail-based services to transition back into society after time served as well as educating new medical students, PAs and additional medical staff on MAT. Lasting Question: Who can provide treatment? What does insurance cover? How can patients voluntarily seek treatment? 

Non-Pharma/Non-Opioid Responses  Compiling a list of chronic pain resources of non-addictive medications and therapies including mindfulness, yoga, massage, and healthy eating to help with acute pain management in a non-opiate format.  Lasting Question: What are the benefits of non-pharma modalities? How do we get insurance to cover them? How do we educate providers on these alternative resources? 

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)- Reducing the occurrence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) within the MiHIA region by streamlining programs and providing opiate services to rural areas. Lasting Question:  Who are key partners to assist in early entry to prenatal care? How can we engage providers across sectors to screen for substance use?


Post Workshop Webinars– Participate in Webinars from November through February webinars. More information is available here. The webinars will provide resources at your fingertips, and available to you at your own pace. MiHIA encourages all interested parties to participate in as many of the webinars as you wish.

Dashboard Resources- Continue to build a robust tool in the dashboard to share resources. Are you implementing services and activities? Use the dashboard to be a repository of these activities, connecting to our organizations like yours to reduce duplication and increase our regional impact.

  • Houses real-time data and acts as a useful measurement tool
  • Use the Google Doc to continue to submit and add information to enhance the regional strategy. To add work and resources to the strategy map, do so here.
  • Please share services, interventions, and initiatives by completing the form linked above.
  • For more information and the current detailed strategy map, please visit here.

Prevention Takes Time- As we do powerful and important work, we sometimes get into the mindset of needing to be a hero today. Remember prevention takes times, we will work together to provide more education to help support prevention.