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Hamilton County Public Health Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Site-Based Program

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,600,000)

Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) is requesting funds to improve its
response to overdose deaths and have more real time data as it relates to next of kin interviews
and identify and support innovative community overdose prevention strategies as identified by
the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team. HCPH will expand the OFR and next-of-kin
interviewing to increase access to qualitative data and create space for implementation of OFR
recommendations. The primary activities that will be implemented include 1) Interview friends
and family of deceased individuals; 2) Interview friends and family of individuals who currently
have an SUD and may have suffered a nonfatal overdose; 3) Partner with Hamilton County
Heroin Task Force to serve as liaison between HCPH, QRT, and local law enforcement; 4)
Partner with an academic evaluator (Ohio University) to evaluate the project; 5) Develop a
dashboard that showcases OFR activities and recommendations; 6) Develop a tool to determine
which recommendations are suggested for funding; 7) Outreach to hospitals and funeral homes;
8) Lead OFR meetings. This project will serve Hamilton County residents. Expected project
outcomes include increasing the number of next of kin interviews by 50%, obtaining a baseline
number of interviews of loved ones who know someone in active addiction and implementing
and providing funding for two OFR recommendations per project year.

Date Created: September 25, 2023