MHA Hosts Twitter Chat on Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

The MHA hosted a one-hour Twitter chat March 4 to discuss Emergency Department (ED) Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). The chat allowed participants to engage with their peers and share information and resources related to ED MOUD, as many of these programs help address stigma and increase access to effective treatment for opioid use disorder.

The MHA moderated the chat as participants, including the MHA Keystone Center, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), MHA leadership, and members of the Michigan Opioid Partnership answered questions using the hashtags #MHAHealthChat, #MOUD and #MAT. The chat gathered more than 4,200 impressions (the number of times content from the conversation was seen) and a potential reach of more than 6,400 users. Additional engagements came from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), Beaumont Health, the Michigan Association of Health Plans and the Michigan Primary Care Association.

The Twitter chat follows an announcement of an ED MOUD initiative and funding opportunity for Michigan hospitals launched by the CFSEM in partnership with the MHA Keystone Center, the Michigan Opioid Partnership and the MDHHS. The initiative aims to increase access to evidence-based medication for opioid use disorder and support the transition to long-term, office-based treatment upon discharge. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until April 22. For the most current information, application instructions and grant guidelines, visit the CFSEM website, or contact the MHA Keystone Center to learn more.