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Community Innovation Partnership Advocacy Program

Sonoran Prevention Works

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Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder

Program Description

Sonoran Prevention Work’s (SPW) mission is to end health disparities faced by those made vulnerable by drug use and other high-risk behaviors in Arizona through harm reduction focused education, advocacy, and evidence-based programming. SPW operates the state’s largest overdose prevention program, where we provide free education and resources to behavioral health agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, family members, and people who are at risk for overdose. Our overdose prevention program spans the entire state, including many Native American reservations. The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey has declared the state’s opioid crisis a public health emergency. In the last six months of 2017, there were over 4,914 suspected opioid overdoses, with at least 716 suspected opioid overdose deaths. SPW is diligently working on all fronts (advocacy, education, and community-based outreach) to facilitate harm reduction strategies to counter the alarming increase of opioid overdoses and deaths. We accomplished many goals in 2017: Executive Director Haley Coles named Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader Nominated by Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, for Executive Director for the Emerging Leaders Awards Facilitated overdose prevention training workshops in every county Trained over 100 organizations including law enforcement providers and health professionals Featured on Listen Family Values Radio


Since 2014, Sonoran Prevention Works has implemented efforts to improve health equity for vulnerable Arizonans, prevent overdose deaths and the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C through unsafe drug use and prevent trauma for people who use drugs. In Arizona, there is an ugly problem with health care and preventive health. Every indication shows that HIV risk and transmission rates are rising at the same time that opioid prescribing, drug dependence, prescription misuse, and overdose deaths increase in the state, causing many new individuals to be at risk for HIV, hepatitis C, injection related wounds, criminalization, and death. In order to address this specific issue, we will: Enroll individuals at each of our trainings into our advocacy database Create an advocacy constituent network to advertise our work and offer information


With your funding support, the Community Innovation Advocacy Partnership program will act as the necessary convener and engager to connect and enhance additional resources, build relational capacity and increase the community base of knowledge and skills in order to move towards significant progress in harm reduction strategies focused on an integrated statewide action plan. Information will be disseminated via: Partnerships and trainings with key local community stakeholders and influencers to raise awareness of issues relating to syringe access. Leverage existing relationships to identify leaders in law enforcement, public health, county governance, city government, etc. Create local teams made up of leaders, stakeholders, and residents to identify best course of action for each community. Target local media and social media with information about syringe access, localized data around substance use and HIV/AIDS. Continue to maintain and enhance our partnership with the National Harm Reduction Coalition


SPW has built relationships with organizations, local officials, and other stakeholders throughout the state to influence behavioral health change and attitudes for people at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C due to injection drug use. SPW has had representation on the Department of Health Services’ Injury Prevention Advisory Council, Governor’s 2016 Substance Abuse Task Force, and the Governor’s 2017 Goal Council on Opioids. SPW was instrumental in introducing and passing the naloxone access law in 2016 and has existing relationships with Arizona Pharmacy Association, AZ Chapter of National Association of Social Workers, and Arizona Public Health Association. As the sole vendor of the statewide naloxone program funded by AHCCCS (state Medicaid office), we have had the opportunity to build relationships with diverse stakeholders in every county. Our partners are committed to program sustainability and capacity building via the identification of current and future sources of funding.


SPW has advocates from many different walks of life, including parents, law enforcement, people who use drugs, people in recovery, and faith leaders. Collaborative partnerships focus on overdose prevention, healthy communities, and free syringe access. Sonoran Prevention Works with agencies such as Shot in the Dark, Local First, TERROS, Ebony House, Native American Connections and Intertribal Council. As the sole vendor of the statewide naloxone program funded by AHCCCS (state Medicaid office), we have had the opportunity to build relationships and partnerships with diverse stakeholders in every county of the state. We will work with many other groups that we currently and formerly have partnered with in order to leverage program duplication, facilitate train the trainer workshops, and encourage other institutions to adopt our best practices model.


In order to impact change to improve overall behavioral health attitudes in communities, we put forth a framework focused on overdose prevention and therapeutic engagement practices via: Increased training of community leaders, law enforcement professionals, health care providers, first responders, and general public in overdose prevention and response Reduction of vulnerabilities that impact communities affected by drug abuse Increased partnerships and collaborative relationships Increased identification, dissemination, and utilization of best practices and support services Increased education of Arizonans on the importance of quality access to health care & coverage Increased introduction and awareness of the root causes and elements of drug abuse via the collection of data and outcome measurement strategies. Increased access to all counties, specifically the ones with highest rates of substance use, overdose, opioid misuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C, in order to facilitate meetings with health department leads responsible for infectious disease to gain support.