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September 10, 2019

Podcast: How Colorado's Tri-County Health Department is mapping the opioid crisis

Dr. Alyson Shupe: Informatics, Epidemiology and Health Planning Manager for Tri-County Health Department

On September 25, the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) will be celebrating Health IT Week with a virtual conference! The LHIT Conference will connect local health department staff working in health IT with each other to jointly tackle some of the biggest current issues in health IT. (And if you want to register, be sure to listen to the end of this episode of the podcast for a special discount code that will give "Inform, Me, Informatics" listeners $20 off!)

In anticipation of this conference, I sat down with Dr. Alyson Shupe of Tri-County Health Department in Colorado to talk about why NACCHO awarded the agency inclusion in its Model Practices Program. Dr. Shupe told me all about the innovative work underway at the agency to use diverse local data sources to map the opioid crisis in Colarado, and how data can be leveraged to stem an epidemic. You can explore these opiate maps on Tri-County's website.

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Piper Hale, MPH

Assistant Director of Communications