Contra Costa County Addressing the CA Opioid Epidemic

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Contra Costa County Addressing the CA Opioid Epidemic As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will build the capacity of the California Overdose Prevention Network by joining 1 of 32 opioid safety coalitions. You will help lead a local response to the opioid crisis by implementing intervention strategies known to reduce addiction and overdose deaths. This includes safe prescribing, ensuring access to treatment, and harm reduction. Through service with a local coalition, you will address inequities surrounding vulnerable populations, including but not limited to black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC), people from various socio-economic statuses, and people of all genders. As a VISTA member in our program you will improve the health of California communities by supporting the capacity of your coalition and of the California Overdose Prevention Network (COPN) to reduce the rate of opioid-related deaths. You will also learn best-practices as you address the epidemic and inequities locally. You and your coalition will benefit from the skills, tools and practices that will be shared through a program supporting all 32 coalitions in this network called the Accelerator 2.0 program. You will contribute to the goals of the coalition you serve through activities that will be based on local needs and volunteer skills including: strengthening coalition partnerships and networks; improving materials that support coalition intervention activities; conducting outreach; organizing and/or delivering naloxone trainings; managing coalition websites and social media platforms; assessing opportunities to enhance equitable services and programs; and creating a coalition database and/or data dashboard. The majority of VISTA placements are located in Northern California and the Central Valley. If you are already located in an affected area, or an area with an active coalition, you may have the opportunity to serve your own community. To learn more about the COPN VISTA program view the VISTA page at Further help on this page can be found by clicking here. Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA member would serve as support to coalition leadership, building the capacity needed to ensure that Coalition activities continue to curb the epidemic. A few examples of specific activities that VISTA members might do are: Work with community leaders and advocates to pilot new programs; Work with community members to identify opportunities in prevention, and bring in resources from other aligned efforts to engage the community in prevention efforts; Help Coalitions with safer prescribing efforts by disseminating guidelines, fliers, and posters; Implement and enhance data collection process; and Implement outreach events like a drug take-back day and work with the community and pharmacies to translate these efforts into permanent structures. Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* , Training , Relocation Allowance , Living Allowance . Terms : Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended . Service Areas : Community and Economic Development , Public Safety , Community Outreach , Health . Skills : Leadership , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Community Organization , Computers/Technology , Non-Profit Management , Team Work , Social Services , Conflict Resolution , Public Health , Communications .

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