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March 19, 2020

Introduction to the CLOUD: An Online Source for Actionable, Evidence-Based Resources on Opioids and the Opioid Crisis

The CLOUD contains evidence-based resources on opioids and the opioid crisis. As new and emerging strategies for addressing opioid use are developed and information continues to grow about the effectiveness of certain practices, aggregating and curating information to deliver it into the hands of those who need it becomes more and more vital to ensuring that effective practices are implemented.


CLOUD is a free resource maintained by the Center of Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University and curated with three target audiences in mind:

  • State and local policymakers
  • Payers and providers
  • Patients and caregivers

Materials added to the website undergo a thorough inclusion review process to ensure that the highest-quality materials are selected for the site. The library is a dynamic project, regularly adding resources through scans of the literature and an open call for submissions to ensure that users have the latest information available.


This session focuses on:

  • Describing how the site works.
  • Explaining the curation process.
  • Highlighting resource collections for programs working with justice-involved individuals.
  • Asking for participation in submitting resources that address gaps in the library.  



Michael Kane is a senior project director at the Crime and Justice Institute. For more than 15 years, he has served as a technical assistance provider working with organizations providing services and programs in the criminal justice system.

Allison Leof is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to leading the CLOUD initiative, she conducts research and policy analysis for Medicaid officials and state government leaders.

Mandi Mizuta is the project coordinator for CLOUD at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University. She also manages the Center's Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project’s workgroups. She is currently finishing her dissertation on using collaborative decision-making models to address organizational silos.


To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

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