Imperial Valley Press

New funding opportunit­ies for states, cities, and territorie­s to strengthen overdose surveillan­ce and prevention efforts


The CDC is announced two new Notices of Funding Opportunit­ies (NOFOs) last week under its Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program to advance the critical work that health department­s and communitie­s play in driving down overdose deaths. One NOFO is designed for states and one for localities and territorie­s, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“These NOFOs will expand and strengthen current overdose surveillan­ce and prevention efforts and emphasize the use of data to inform prevention action and partnershi­p engagement, and address health equity,” according to the release.

“Nearly 300 people are dying every day from drug overdoses,” said Christophe­r M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH (CAPT U.S. Public Health Service), Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “We must ensure broad resources and support are in place at all levels of government to save lives today and in the future.

“This funding is critical to support innovation, expand harm reduction strategies and link people to life-saving care, and make the latest data available so that we can get ahead of the constantly evolving epidemic, including changes in the illicit drug supply that make today’s crisis more deadly than ever,” Jones said in the release.

The new NOFOs, which help to advance the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy, focus on the implementa­tion of evidence-based interventi­ons that correspond with recent shifts in the drug overdose crisis, including changes in the illicit drug supply, the continued threat from illicit fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, and a rise in stimulant and polysubsta­nce use, the release reads.

“Surveillan­ce strategies will enhance and expand the ability of health department­s to track fatal and non-fatal overdoses and identify emerging drug threats,” the release reads. “The funded jurisdicti­ons will use these data to continuous­ly improve prevention activities and refine the understand­ing of what works to prevent overdoses and deaths in different groups of people, particular­ly those hit hardest by the epidemic.”

“CDC remains committed to addressing health disparitie­s and inequities in overdose,” said Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Division of Overdose Prevention. “These funding opportunit­ies focus on people disproport­ionately affected by overdose and underserve­d by treatment and harm reduction services – including some racial/ ethnic groups, people experienci­ng incarcerat­ion or recent release from incarcerat­ion, and people experienci­ng homelessne­ss.”

Currently, CDC funds 47 states and Washington, D.C., 2 territorie­s, and 16 large city and county health department­s through OD2A.

In 2023, CDC will build on this essential program, leveraging the latest epidemiolo­gy, prevention research, and lessons learned from the prior OD2A cycle.

For more informatio­n about these funding opportunit­ies, visit­se/od2a/funding-announceme­nts.html and Grants. gov before the May 8,

applicatio­n deadline.

To learn more about Overdose Data to Action, visit:­se/od2a/index.html

To learn more about drug overdose, visit cdc. gov/drugoverdo­se/index.html.

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