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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

See how Mountain States team members are helping fight opioid abuse – using data

From left: TJ Murray, Evan Blankenship, Wesley Combs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dustin Quillen, Kyahn Kamali and Danielle Kauffman.

The battle against opioid abuse is waged in many ways. Check out this excellent PBS report that features some of our Mountain States team members, including Wesley Combs, data manager in strategic planning, who are part of that battle. It’s called “Using Data to Disrupt Virginia’s Opioid Crisis.” They participated in the 2017 Governor's Opioid Addiction Crisis Datathon in Richmond, Va., that brought together dozens of people who used public data to reimagine solutions to addiction.

You can see read the transcript or listen to the report here, located at the website ideastations.org, a PBS site for Southwest Virginia.

Participants from various organizations worked to develop tools and apps that can use data to help in the fight against opioid addiction and save lives.

“It was great for our team to collaborate with other organizations focused on attacking the opioid crisis,” Combs said. “We all gained a lot of knowledge from the event and plan on continuing the work we started. It is a very serious issue; I believe we can use data to make a positive impact.”

Impressive work by Wesley and our Mountain States team!