Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
Still sorting through all of the great information and feedback from our partners at @WakeGOV, @SASsoftware, @RTI_Intl, @BiobotAnalytics and others! Fantastic discussion on fighting the #OpioidEpidemic #MayorsChallenge @BloombergDotOrg6:56 AM - 24 Apr 2018 TownofCary
Cary will conduct three types of tests: feasibility of detecting opioids in sewage; visualization mock-ups to test the value and usefulness of this data to service providers; and campaign messaging talk-alouds to increase resident buy-in for collecting this data.
What we're discovering through testing
At the beginning of the process, the Cary team was apprehensive about community engagement, given the stigma around opioid misuse. They have since realized that in order to be successful, they need to branch out. The team has evolved from technical conversations about wastewater monitoring to holding community discussions about the opioid misuse stigma and how to keep your family safe. This has gained them more public buy-in into the idea.
The team is finding storytelling to be an effective way of engaging the community. Rather than focusing on the technical details of the issue, hearing about people’s personal stories around stigma, misuse of prescription drugs and overdoses has helped bring the topic to life.
. @galeadcock discusses the opioid epidemic and Cary's #MayorsChallenge project. Such wonderful insight and perspective from a mother, @SASsoftware Chief Health Officer and a State lawmaker. Here's a clip, more to come in the future! @BloombergDotOrg9:22 AM - 2 Jul 2018 TownofCary
Our project is giving people throughout our community an opportunity to talk about their experiences. We’re hearing, How can we [the community] help?Mike Bajorek, Deputy Town Manager
What we've learned
In response to what they learned during testing, the Cary team plan to use the neighborhood level opioid consumption data generated from the sewer system to evaluate and better implement public health programs, while raising community awareness and addressing the stigma of opioid misuse.
Cary's idea requires effective collaboration with a wide range of partners across the city. By opening their idea up to input in a series of workshops and brainstorming sessions, the team has mobilized many stakeholders around their project. They worked closely with county and state public health officials, data scientists, non-profit health educators and representatives from three regional hospital networks.