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Healthy Communities

By speaking with one voice, we
also hope to have more effective
conversations with legislators,
regional payers and large insurance
companies who dictate payment for
alternative chronic pain treatments.

The South Central
PA Opioid Awareness
Coalition serves
Adams, Cumberland,
Dauphin, Franklin,
Lancaster, Lebanon,
and York counties.
Members include:
Geisinger Holy Spirit

After working through the logistics,
including scheduling of 7 a.m. phone calls
and meetings, we focused on building trust
and folding in new members whose presence
will make our coalition even more influential.

All of this work-behind the scenes,
in person during meetings and public
seminars-correspond with and support the great work also being done by
comprehensive, countywide task forces.

In September, the coalition hosted its
first public event, a day-long seminar
designed for first responders, schools,
health service providers, social service
agencies, and employers. The goal was
to help others recognize what regional
health care providers and pharmacists are
doing to reduce deaths from opioids and
heroin, build connections, and inspire
similar community-based approaches.

By speaking with one voice, we also
hope to have more effective conversations
with legislators, regional payers and large
insurance companies who dictate payment
for alternative chronic pain treatments.
Too many insurers provide prescription
coverage for opioids but place limits on
physical therapy benefits or disallow surgical options that offer some patients relief.
Our hope is that we are able to leverage the
power of our coalition to create a revised
benefit structure.

Topics included chronic pain management, mental health, pregnancy
and newborn services, emergency room
efforts, and steps for the future.
"Opioid addiction affects all sectors
of society and does not discriminate,"
says Robert Shipp, RN, vice president,
population health strategies for the
Hospital and Healthsystem Association
of Pennsylvania. "When communities
work together we become stronger in
the process and connect in ways that will
protect health and promote well-being
for all."

Over the next months, we'll be measuring our community reach through
visits to the coalition website (www.
opioidaware.org), downloaded resources,
and requests for more information or
further collaboration.
As we navigate the opioid and heroin
crisis together, coalition members stand
united in our commitment to raising
awareness, educating patients and providers, and enhancing our community's
health and well-being.

visit www.opioidaware.org for downloaded resources,
and requests for more information or further collaboration.

LANCASTER

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PHYSICIAN

The Hospital and Healthsystem
Association of Pennsylvania
Lancaster City & County
Medical Society
Lancaster County Drug and
Alcohol Commission
Lancaster County Pharmacists
Association
Lancaster General Health/Penn
Medicine
OSS Health
Penn State Health Milton
S. Hershey Medical Center
PinnacleHealth
Quality Insights
Summit Health
T.W. Ponessa & Associates
Counseling Services, Inc.
WellSpan Health


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