Opioid Response Initiative OHA pinpointed communities and hospitals disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic. Leading experts from the state’s most highly impacted hospitals assembled to identify proven interventions from local, regional and national sources with a plan to share statewide. The OHA Opioid Response Initiative work is organized into focus areas around prevention, transition to treatment and recovery and harm reduction and is guided by meaningful patient outcomes. Efforts in the first year of the ORI focused primarily on harm reduction and community-wide awareness and education. Initial data show these efforts have been worthwhile. We are beginning to see a decline in overdose encounters in most major metropolitan areas in the state from the first half of 2017 compared to the latter half. Opioid Response Initiative Roster If your hospital would like to join the Opioid Response Initiative, contact OHA's Ryan Everett, MPH.