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Health Equity and Overdose Prevention Mentorship Program

National Association of County and City Health Officials
Aug 19, 2022

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will provide an educational opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to learn from peers, share experiences, and exchange strategies for integrating health equity into drug overdose prevention and response work.

The program is designed to:

  • Pair LHDs that have experience in advancing health equity in their overdose prevention or response programs in key strategy areas with peer LHDs interested in receiving assistance, guidance, tools, and resources to begin or continue work on planning or expanding their jurisdiction's capacity to address health inequities in drug overdose
  • Provide bi-directional learning spaces for strategy and tool sharing around health equity practices that can be integrated into opioid prevention and response
  • Establish a network of LHDs from across the country to be a resource for continuous learning and connection around health equity and drug overdose both during and following the project period
  • Improve NACCHO and CDC's understanding of how current health equity actions and strategies are being applied in local public health contexts

Strategies include

  • Data Equity
    • Developing or utilizing health equity indicators
    • Disaggregation of data
    • Use of participatory methodologies
    • Data-sharing agreements across partners
    • Data visualization techniques
  • Community Engagement
    • Community advisory boards and work groups
    • Formalized partnerships with directly impacted persons
    • Cross-sector coalition building
    • Participatory budgeting
  • Communications
    • Translating materials for non-English speakers
    • Incorporation of community voice or storytelling
    • Destigmatizing narratives around substance use
    • Developing HE narratives around substance use and overdose
  • Policy Advocacy
    • Integrating specific policies or practices at the organizational level to address health equity
    • Making health equity a leading strategic priority
    • Formalizing equity as part of staff job descriptions
    • Advocating for policy changes at the state or federal level to address health inequities in the jurisdiction
    • Learning how to engage and solicit buy-in from elected officials
  • Organizational equity
    • Hiring directly impacted people persons
    • Ensuring staff reflect the community or population/s being served
    • Equity indicators to measure and evaluate organizational success toward equity
    • Developing or implementing health equity trainings
    • Dedicated health equity staff or office

Eligible mentee applicants must meet the requirements listed below.

  • Interest in building capacity to address their jurisdictional drug overdose situation in one of the key health equity strategy areas
  • LHD must have one primary point of contact, who actively communicates with NACCHO on all technical and administrative aspects of the project
  • LHD must have at least one staff member within the opioid, overdose or substance misuse program who can serve as the mentee and willing to dedicate at least 5-6 hours per month to the program

Eligible mentor applicants must have demonstrated skills or experience in providing one-to-one capacity-building support to another LHD, staff member or team via advice, sharing of resources and tools, and other guidance. The mentor LHD is expected to have expertise and active overdose prevention and/or response programs that address their community's challenges related to drug overdose deaths using health equity strategies that fall into at minimum one or more of the strategy areas identified above.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Selected mentees will receive program benefits at no cost.

Selected mentors will receive up to $20,000 for 1 mentee and up to $40,000 for 2 mentees.

Application process

Application instructions for both mentors and mentees are available on the program website.

Email completed applications to

LHDs that would like feedback in advance for a stronger application may submit by Friday, August 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Tagged as
Health disparities · Health workforce education and training · Policy · Public health · Substance use and misuse

Organizations (1)

  • National Association of County and City Health Officials, view details

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