The strength of OrCRM is rooted in the coalition’s ability to convene all relevant stakeholders, catalyze communities and health systems and advocate for state and health system level policy change under the strategic direction of thought leaders and experts that comprise its membership. OrCRM uses the power of convening combined with technical assistance and project management to help communities develop and implement action plans. The most powerful implementation tool is the shared language and messaging emerging from the summits. This shared vision, rooted in grassroots organizing, supports statewide change.

The agenda of the summits focus on four core strategies:

  1. REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PILLS IN CIRCULATION
    Better implementation of safe opioid prescribing guidelines in health systems & clinics
    Better use of PDMP in health systems & clinics to improve monitoring, safety
    Better access to safe drug disposal by expanding pharmacy-based disposal programs
  1. BETTER PAIN MANAGEMENT
    Better access to effective & safer alternatives to opioids for pain treatment by  increasing benefit coverage & availability of alternative treatment services
    Better provider education on acute & chronic pain; best practices for safer pain treatment
  1. EXPAND ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND NALOXONE
    Better access to substance use disorder treatment by removing barriers to treatment programs & medicated-assisted treatment
    Better coordinated care by integrating behavioral health services into primary care
    Better/ wider naloxone distribution for overdose rescue through pharmacies, first responders, social service organizations & others
  1. EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PROBLEM
    Better understanding about pain & opioids; risks & dangers of Rx; safe medication storage and disposal; & Oregon’s opioid abuse problem through data collection and monitoring

Each summit begins with a plenary session. This session provides an opportunity for participants to hear from experts in the field. After the plenary session, participants break out into discussion groups. Break-out sessions include a brief overview by subject experts, followed by facilitated discussion and action planning to identify barriers and best practices and help stakeholders form core strategies for an implementation plan to increase the community’s readiness to act. After the break-out sessions, participants come back together to report on their findings and develop a list of action steps and commitments to move forward local initiatives to reduce the harms of opioid abuse and expand safe pain care.

We have hosted seven summits to date: Mid-Willamette Valley, Douglas County, SW Oregon, North Coast, Lane County, Central Oregon/Gorge, and Eastern Oregon. Check out the summit agendas and presentations.