Community Coalitions' Perspectives on Engaging with Hospitals in Ohio to Address the Opioid Crisis

Popul Health Manag. 2022 Dec;25(6):729-737. doi: 10.1089/pop.2022.0174. Epub 2022 Oct 28.


Community coalitions have been leading the multisector response to the opioid epidemic in the Unites States. However, with the medicalization of opioid use disorder and changing health care policies, hospitals have moved to the forefront, becoming more active in collaborating with community coalitions. Little is currently known about how community coalitions view and approach collaborating with hospitals despite its importance for understanding and advancing interorganizational approaches to combating the opioid epidemic. Using data from semistructured interviews (n = 119) conducted from November 2019 to January 2020 as part of the HEALing Communities Study ( NCT04111939), the authors examined how community coalition members perceive hospital collaborations and explored the opportunities and challenges of these partnerships. They characterized 3 emergent themes: coalition approaches to collaborating with hospitals, barriers to collaboration, and opportunities for sustainable relationships. This new evidence highlights the value that coalitions place on hospital collaborations, as well as mechanisms that may help support ongoing partnerships.

Keywords: coalitions; community benefits; hospitals; opioids.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Health Policy*
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Ohio / epidemiology
  • Opioid Epidemic*

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