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Across the nation, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Michigan experienced a 13.3% increase in drug overdose deaths in just one year between 2014 and 2015. Drug overdose is listed as  the leading cause of injury death in 2015. Opioids—both prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.

Michigan families are suffering significantly from this crisis. In 2016, 1,689 people died of opioid overdose, this is an increase of 17 times compared to 99 overdose deaths in 1999. The number of overdose deaths is significant in Michigan, according to the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS): our state ranks as 18th in the nation for such deaths.Overdose deaths are seen across both genders, age groups, and socio-economic status. More children are entering the foster care system as a result.


Identify opportunities for alignment between organizations and offerings to address the opioid epidemic through using evidence-based and promising practices.

Members will develop implementation steps, set milestones, share successes and challenges, present potential “breakthrough opportunities”, and report on progress on Opioid Priority Workgroup action items/deliverables, and/or key projects

Measuring success is critical to MiHIA, as such, this workgroup will work to impact metrics including:

Reduction of the prescription rate of opioids across the 14 county region

Reduction of hospital visits due to opioids in the MiHIA 14 county region

Reduction of opioid overdose in the MiHIA 14 county region

Reduction in rate of death due to opioid poisoning in the MiHIA 14 county region


MiHIA recognized that while there were significant efforts across the region to address the opioid epidemic there was a distinct opportunity to have a coordinated approach. In order to best facilitate this approach the MiHIA Opioid Priority Strategy Workgroup will complete a strategy map of services, interventions, initiatives and actions from multiple sectors and regional community partners and coalitions producing a complete catalog of current activities and approaches across the region. This strategy map will be leveraged to guide information sharing, alignment of resources, identification of scalable models and opportunities to invest resources to address critical gaps and breakthrough opportunities.

As the strategy map is completed priority focus areas will be identified based upon need for alignment and to address gaps and needs. Resources and expertise will be considered in the prioritization process: Examples may include:

Education: Educate physicians and non-physician providers on safe opioid prescribing, tapering, substance use disorder risk, screening and assessment tools, treatment and recovery services, and educate patients on safe opioid use and disposal, alternative pain treatment options, and treatment and recovery services

Policy: Promote the adoption and implementation of consistent policies that support best practice in opioid prescribing, tapering, substance use disorder risk, screening and assessment tools, treatment and recovery referral and access, as well as patient education on safe opioid use and disposal, alternative pain treatment options and treatment and recovery services across the MiHIA 14 county region

Clinical Interventions (alternative, substance use disorder, and recovery): Increase the awareness of and access to clinical interventions for chronic pain, including non-opioid and non- pharmacological interventions, substance use disorder treatment and recovery services across the MiHIA 14 county region


Hospital systems, higher education institutions, addiction recovery services, local health coalitions, healthcare professionals, educators, health departments, Veteran’s hospitals, pharmacists, peer recovery groups, workforce training services, non-profits, local professional sports teams, faith communities, youth programs and institutes, and others!

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MiHIA’s Health Dashboard 4.0

the visual analysis tool that helps people in the 14-county region it serves to make healthy decisions quickly, monitor their region’s performance and practice sharing development. MiHIA’s Health Dashboard 4.0 is powered by Health Communities Institute (HCI), which provides high-quality community health assessment data and health indicator tracking. With the help of the Dashboard, MiHIA aims to improve the overall health status and quality of life for communities throughout Great Lakes bay region.