What is Currently Working in Our Community These are actions and approaches that are currently in place in our community to make a difference on the rate of death due to unintentional poisoning.
- STAR Program
- “We Are Hope” Week
- Diversion to reduce prescription drug abuse (drug drops)
- Naloxone available at The Free Clinics
- Medical (MAT) - BRCHS
- Work group for oversight - BRCHS
Evidence-Based Strategies These are actions and approaches that have been shown to make a difference on the rate of death due to unintentional poisoning.
- Follow direction on medication
- Store medicines in locked cabinets
- Provide health, counseling, psychological and social services to meet the needs of students at schools
- Supervise children at home and on the playground
Source: North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health. Morrisville, NC: North Carolina Institute of Medicine; 2011.
To select and prioritize interventions, our substance abuse action team, along with partners, conducted a “Whole Distance Exercise”, which is a disciplined thinking process that moved our group from results in mind to specific actions that address the issues, while using the common language presented by Results-Based Accountability™.
The process started with identifying the results we want (the life conditions we want for Henderson County residents) based on the health priorities identified in our Community Health Assessment (CHA). Next, a discussion took place on how we would recognize/experience the conditions of wellbeing we are trying to establish in our community. We also selected indicators for each result to enable us to measure these experiences. In addition, a data development agenda was created to identify data that are not currently available, but that we would like to develop to help us monitor progress on our result. We also created a baseline for each indicator to review where we have been and where we are headed if we do not do anything differently. The story behind the baselines were thoroughly reviewed in order to understand both “what’s helping” and “what’s hurting” behind each indicator. Since no one organization can do it alone, our action team identified partners who have a role to play in doing better and considered each possible contribution. Research was also reviewed for what has worked in other places, along with insights from “story behind the baseline”. Lastly, after considering all options, including no-cost and low-cost ideas, out action team made a list of possible interventions and prioritized them based on four criteria: Specificity, Impact, Values, & Feasibility.