Established in 2019, the RODA program is integrated into RUHS-Public Health's Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Department. The purpose of RODA is to enhance surveillance of overdose morbidity and mortality and to use enhanced surveillance data to guide overdose prevention efforts. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program is organized around six overarching strategies. The cornerstone of RODA is the enhanced overdose surveillance, which is used to advance local insight into overdose incidence in Riverside County and create more responsive and collaborative prevention efforts to address the upstream causes of substance use disorders and overdose. Since the launch of the program, notable successes include establishing monthly mortality surveillance reports, an interactive countywide overdose data dashboard, a multi-disciplinary overdose fatality review team, public health nursing case management for substance use, youth overdose prevention training, bystander naloxone training, and much more.
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