Join the 2020 Hospital Opioid Treatment and Response Learning Collaborative

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is pleased to extend an invitation to hospitals in Chicago and suburban Cook County to participate in the Hospital Opioid Treatment and Response Learning Collaborative (HOTR-LC).

Learning Collaborative launch: Friday July 17, 2020, 12:30-2:00 pm

  • Learning collaborative registration form due July 10 (open to all hospitals in Cook County)
  • Demonstration site application due June 30 (three awards available)

The HOTR-LC will bring hospital teams together to support and facilitate conversation around best practices, implementation, and quality improvement as it relates to caring for people with opioid use disorder and/or those who are at risk for opioid overdose. Hospital teams are welcome to participate in any of the learning collaborative sessions of interest. We encourage hospital teams to participate in all of the sessions though is not required.

Here are some of the changes we’d like to highlight about this year’s learning collaborative that we hope make it easier for you and your teams to participate:

  • We will be having 6 sessions total, 1 per month beginning in July and ending in December of this year. The schedule with all 6 dates along with topics is attached for you to review. The official launch of the learning collaborative will take place on Friday, July 17th
  • We are partnering with subject matter expert Dr. Nicole Gastala at UI Health to help us lead the learning collaborative.
  • All sessions will be held virtually in light of COVID-19 considerations.
  • Sessions will be shortened this year to 90 minutes.
  • While we encourage attendance at all sessions, attendance at all 6 sessions is ONLY required for demonstration site hospitals. Other hospital teams may select which sessions they will attend.

View the schedule of sessions.

General Participation – Learning Collaborative

Hospitals that do not have the current capacity to apply or serve as a demonstration site are encouraged to participate in the learning collaborative series at no cost. This includes any hospital within Cook County (both members and nonmembers of the Alliance for Health Equity). While there is no application for the learning collaborative, there is a simple registration form we ask that you complete. 

The registration form is due Friday, July 10th at 5:00 pm. Find the short registration form here.

2020 Request for Applications – Demonstration Sites

For AHE member hospitals ready and interested to increase their infrastructure around services for people with OUD, there is the option of applying to be a demonstration site. Demonstration sites receive a $35,000 award for their participation and are asked to submit a work plan for how they will use the award to begin implementation over the course of the learning collaborative period (July-Dec). Demonstration sites will also be provided with technical assistance by Dr. Gastala. The deadline to apply for this award is Tuesday, June 30th. The application is also included in the attachments for your convenience. Demonstration site awards will be announced Friday, July 10th.

As the backbone organization of the Alliance for Health Equity (AHE) the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is seeking applications from AHE member hospitals to participate in the second phase of the Hospital Opioid Treatment and Response Demonstration Project. The intent of the demonstration project is to expand hospital capacity and partnerships to initiate medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and naloxone prescribing/distribution in hospital settings in the city of Chicago and suburban Cook County.  Applicants may apply for projects to support adoption in emergency departments (EDs) and/or inpatient units.

RFA: RFA_HOTR Alliance for Health Equity_April2020

*Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move back the application deadline for the Hospital Opioid Treatment and Response (HOTR) demonstration sites and learning collaborative; the Hospital Opioid Treatment and Response (HOTR) RFA deadline is extended to June 30, 2020. The Learning Collaborative will kickoff in July.

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