Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration announced recently that it is continuing its fight against the opioid epidemic by unveiling a unique partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the Aetna Foundation to build on the Opioid Data Dashboard, incorporating real-time data and public health modeling. The Aetna Foundation is providing a $1 million grant for the project.
The grant from the Aetna Foundation will fund a two-year project to enhance the Opioid Data Dashboard to provide real-time data and build models to predict trends for future needs of communities.
“In as near-real time as possible, this dashboard will give health officials, policymakers, law enforcement and the public a more complete, dynamic picture of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania,” Dr. Donald S. Burke, dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health said. “This should allow us to maximize limited resources to stem this epidemic, which is disproportionately impacting our state. I’m impressed with the foresight of the Aetna Foundation to fund this initiative and proud of the steps our state leaders are taking to make public health data available to solve a public health crisis.”
On January 10, Gov. Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic to enhance state response, increase access to treatment and save lives. The declaration makes available more data related to the opioid epidemic and gives more opportunities to use that data to institute new programs.
“Through this partnership, we will be able to not only see what is happening locally, but will be able to use that information to predict future trends,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This will be invaluable information as we work to get treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder.”