AmeriCorps VISTA Program
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
COSN sponsors the largest AmeriCorps VISTA program dedicated to opioid safety in the country, with the capacity to place 40 VISTA members in coalitions across California. VISTA members serve for one year, bolstering the impact of the coalitions to incite transformational change within health systems and the communities they serve.
AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBERS MAKING AN IMPACT
Naloxone doses distributed to 13 agencies across Los Angeles county in 3 weeks.
New website created so that the Sacramento Opioid Coalition could launch an anti-stigma campaign, in which they collected stories from community members with Substance Use Disorder.
Harm Reduction training created to address stigma and develop strategies to implement harm reduction principles in Butte county.
Watch the Dialogue4Health Web Forum that showcases how the current partnerships with AmeriCorps service programs and opioid related work in the US create a microcosm to explore the power of collaborating with “outside” perspectives to build a new public health workforce--one focused on uniting diverse cross-sector partners around the common goal of building healthy communities.
Recently, I created an interactive map of all the current medication take-back and sharps bins in Monterey County through google maps. The purpose of creating an interactive map is to make it easier for folks in our county to find accessible bins. Prior to this map, Prescribe Safe relied entirely on a one-sheet with addresses and relevant information for all bins. Now, someone can easily pull up the map online or on their smartphone, find the closest bin to them, and then pull up directions to the bin all in one step.
Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative
Jerome Caston played an instrumental role in the planning of a large town hall event, in which the coalition shed light on the current opioid epidemic, as well as provided a training on using Narcan. He oversaw the vendor resource fair, which featured local agencies who offer health services as well as additional recovery services within the Napa area.