Resources for Clinics


Between 2019 and 2021, DOH partnered with the University of Washington Six Building Blocks program to create webinars related to substance use disorder, opioid prescribing, chronic pain, and clinic management best practices. These webinars were hosted via learning collaboratives and have been posted here for prescribers to view.

Learning From Each Other - Optimizing the Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Date: May 25, 2021
Length: [27:02]

Panelists and participants shared ideas for optimizing the use of the PDMP, followed by facilitated conversations among participants about:

  • Lessons learned from states with PDMP programs
  • What makes a useful PDMP system?
  • Successes and challenges in optimizing use of the PDMP


  • Lauren Wood, National Governors Association
  • Dr. Tim Westlake, Emergency Physician and Chair, Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
  • Dr. Christine Hancock, Family Physician, Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Bellingham, WA

Academic Detailing During COVID-19: Reflections and Lessons Learned from OD2A Detailers in the Field
Date: May 25, 2021
Length: [42:05]

The session included a discussion with a panel of academic detailers from OD2A sites about their practical experiences, including:

  • Adapting academic detailing during COVID-19
  • Engaging clinicians in remote academic detailing
  • Successes and lessons learned


  • Megan Pruitt, PharmD, SCORxE
  • Alisha Herrick, MPH, CHES, Center for Health Innovation
  • Brigit Hatch, MD, MPH, PINPOINT Project
  • Liesa Jenkins, MA, OneTennessee

Naloxone Distribution: New Ideas and Strategies
Date: May 25, 2021
Length: [44:43]

Most states have enacted laws to make naloxone distribution easier. This session discussed how health care entities and community-based organizations capitalized on these laws to increase naloxone distribution among the populations they serve.


  • Susan Kingston, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute at the University of Washington
  • Rene Ramirez, Lummi Healing Spirit Clinic
  • Tim Easterly, Project Hope Initiative in Alaska

Tailoring OD2A Programs to the Needs of Rural Communities
Date: May 27, 2021
Length: [43:44]

This session reviewed leasons learned about innovative programs adapted for use in rural populations.


  • Caleb Holzer, MD, Spokane Family Medicine
  • Laura Louison, MSW, MSPH, National Implementation Research Network
  • Peg Gehring, FNP-BC, DNP, St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics in Idaho

Addressing Stigma Within a Community: Combating Misinformation and Stereotypes
Date: Jul 1, 2021
Length: [38:40]

This shared learning session focused on responding to stigma and the misperceptions that can interfere with the implementation of OD2A programs. In this session we heard about about on-the-ground approaches to reducing stigma and creating a community dialogue to influence societal perceptions about people who use opioids.


  • Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C, Dell Medical School
  • Tim Candela, Drug User Health Coordinator, WA State Department of Health
  • Vicki Lowe, Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission of WA State

How a Systems-based Approach Can Change Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care
Date: Jul 16, 2021
Length: [30:51]

The presentation answered:

  • What is a systems-based approach?
  • Why is a systems-based approach effective?
  • How is the Six Building Blocks program an example

Using Learning Collaboratives to Share Knowledge and Adopt Best Practices
Date: Jul 27, 2021
Duration: [43:36]

Learning collaboratives are a useful method for adopting best practices in diverse settings. Learning collaboratives bring peers together to study and apply quality improvement methods to make improvements in a specific topic area. They have been used to launch medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) programs in primary care, to implement CDC opioid guidelines, and to implement programs relevant to overdose prevention.