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Opioid Practice Support

NCHQA is using its longstanding experience to collaborate with health care organizations and support providers in addressing the opioid crisis in our state, particularly rural providers with limited resources.

In 2018, NCHQA convened stakeholders from around the state to review and create simple protocols and resources for providers to address chronic and acute pain, recognizing the changing landscape for providers after passage of the STOP ACT.  Participating organizations included the Division of Public Health, the NC Community Health Centers Association, the NC Healthcare Association, the State Health Plan, the NC Psychiatric Association, Community Care of North Carolina, Cardinal Innovations, Eastpointe, AHEC, Area L AHEC, and NCHQA.

In July 2018, NCHQA began working with Area L AHEC and their practice support coaches to implement these protocols and resources in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, and Northampton Counties.  These efforts will continue over a three-year period and NCHQA will continue to provide community and state-level coordination.