Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

On September 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) awarded the State of Iowa through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) a three-year Overdose Data to Action Grant. Iowa was awarded $2,686,911 each year from September 1, 2019-August 31, 2022.

Overdose Data to Action Summary

The Overdose Data to Action Grant will provide high quality, comprehensive, and timely data on overdose morbidity and mortality to better understand the drug overdose crisis in Iowa and to inform more effective prevention activities.

Improved data collection and analysis will assist with: (1) tracking the spread and severity of Iowa’s overdose crisis; (2) gaining insight into populations most at risk in order to prioritize resources; and (3) evaluating the best way to allocate resources and to help identify emerging trends.

Iowa will be better able to address the overdose crisis by:

  • Harnessing existing data collection systems (e.g., Emergency Department (ED));
  • Improving data collection mechanisms (e.g., abstraction of data related to Unintentional and Undetermined Drug Overdose (UUDO) deaths); and
  • Using data to prioritize and enhance prevention activities.The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Division of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse, is funding the six highest need counties to address Iowa's substance abuse prevention priority through the CDC funding.

Project Goals

The overall desired outcome of the Iowa-OD2A Project is to decrease licit/illicit opioid and other substance morbidity and mortality. Key to this are stronger relationships between critical surveillance and prevention partners and increasing the use of data to inform and evaluate prevention initiatives.

By the end of the project period IDPH will:

  • Increase use of findings from data sources (i.e., Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), ED, mortality) to inform and target prevention efforts.
  • Increase real-time response to overdose “outbreaks” to offer prevention and treatment services.
  • Increase prevention interventions in six “highest burden” counties.
  • Increase stakeholder collaboration (e.g., expand the State Epidemiological Workgroup/Prevention Partnerships Advisory Council (SEWPPAC) to include the State Office of the Medical Examiner, Iowa Violent Death Reporting System, Emergency Medical Services).

To accomplish these outcomes, at least 30% of the award will be allocated to fund six mini-grants to highest burden counties to implement prevention strategies. Further, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will focus on gathering ED, mortality, and PDMP data in compliance with CDC guidelines by the end of Year 1. In addition, data sharing agreements and contracts will be developed to accomplish project objectives.