Zero Overdose, Pear Suite be part of forces to curb opioid epidemic

Nonprofit group Zero Overdose is partnering with digital neighborhood well being employee navigation platform Pear Suite to offer coaching for neighborhood well being employees (CHWs) and different residence and community-based service suppliers throughout the nation. 

Zero Overdose offers suppliers and organizations instruments for overdose security planning and finally stopping unintentional overdose deaths, whereas Hawaii-based Pear Suite’s Care Navigation Platform gathers social determinants of well being information to help CHWs in analyzing and responding to social determinants of well being. 

By means of the partnership, the businesses will present coaching to CHWs and different residence and community-focused organizations, with the first targets of enhancing motivational interviewing and counseling expertise, de-escalation, screening and figuring out people at-risk for suicide, overdose security planning and hurt discount strategies. 

“This partnership represents a groundbreaking step in our ongoing battle towards the overdose disaster. By becoming a member of forces with Pear Suite, we’re not simply pooling assets; we’re combining our shared ardour and dedication to empower these on the very coronary heart of this battle–the neighborhood well being employees,” Tom McCary, cofounder of Zero Overdose, advised MobiHealthNews in an e mail. 

“Their position is essential, serving on the entrance traces, straight partaking with and supporting people in danger and serving to them develop overdose security plans. By means of this collaboration, we goal to considerably improve their capability to make an actual distinction, offering them with superior instruments, coaching and assets wanted to handle the complexities of substance abuse and overdose prevention.”


Pear Suite closed a $2.5 million seed spherical in 2023 in an effort to broaden its SDOH-driven care navigation platform. 

In 2023, the startup partnered with nonprofit OutCare Well being, which focuses on LGBTQ+ well being. OutCare Well being would make the most of Pear Suite’s platform to attach LGBTQ+ sufferers with affirming healthcare suppliers, mentors and neighborhood well being assets. 

Zero Overdose joined with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based psychological health-focused assume tank Wholesome Minds Coverage Initiative final yr to scale back overdose deaths in Tulsa County. The corporate supplied affected person centered approaches to addressing overdose dangers and fostered new methods for prevention and hurt discount. 

New York-based Zero Overdose was awarded $49,000 by the Nationwide Affiliation of Metropolis and County Well being Officers for the nonprofit’s work in Ulster County, New York. The undertaking entails the adoption of overdose security planning for people being launched from incarceration in Ulster County. 

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