We begin 2022 with new resolve. We kicked off the year with our Joint Strategic Planning Session, bringing together leaders from across the Tampa Bay region to create a roadmap for reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths by the end of 2025.
As we look over the bold goals for 2022, we are heartened by the commitment, expertise, and resources our leaders and stakeholders are bringing to initiate and sustain our next steps. They are modeling the best practices on the front lines, challenging old ideas and stigma, and advocating for policies that save lives and support the well-being of our communities.
Many of the proven strategies on our roadmap require statutory changes. So, we provided a legislative preview during our January webinar. By understanding what is in the pipeline and effectively building relationships with our elected officials, we can influence the direction of behavioral health policy in our region and throughout our state.
In the coming year, we anticipate creating more opportunities to share the collective knowledge and efforts from our region. Organizations and individuals like you make it possible for us to create healthier communities and realize our goal. The roadmap is coming into focus, and we look forward to walking the path with you.
Executive Director, Project Opioid Tampa Bay