The Governor’s Opioid Addiction Crisis Datathon is a groundbreaking competition that will bring together multi-discipline teams comprised of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and non-profits together to take new and existing datasets and turn it into actionable information that will support the Governor’s goal of using data and analytics to stem the tide of the opioid crisis, reduce addiction harm, and save lives.
Data stewards from health, public safety, and other agencies across federal, state, and local government and health systems will provide existing and new non-sensitive de-identified data to this challenge for the teams to explore and use.
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In 2016, Virginia’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Marissa Levine, declared the opioid and heroin overdose epidemic to be a public health emergency. Overdose deaths have continued to increase year after year; over 1400 Virginians lost their lives to drug overdose in 2016, and 1133 of those were attributable to prescription opioids and heroin. This is a war being fought on two fronts. While prescription opioids are driving the epidemic in Southwest Virginia, heroin/fentanyl pose an additional factor in the rest of the Commonwealth. This indicates that the ways in which we address prevention, treatment, and interdiction must be data-driven and tailored to the needs of individual communities. Collaborative responses and strategies involving both public safety and public health are imperative in ending this crisis in Virginia.
Recent data shows these alarming trends in Virginia:
The teams will be encouraged to develop new insights and applications that will answer burning questions and address challenges that face government and community stakeholders.
Amazon Echo Show for each member of the team (up to 6)
Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video content, and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
Apple TV (32GB) for each member of the team (up to 6)
The future of television starts with apps. You already use apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW and WatchESPN to watch TV on your mobile devices. The same thing is happening with apps on your big screen, and Apple TV is designed around this reality. The Siri Remote with Touch surface takes the effort out of searching through all these apps to find something great to watch. In addition, the App Store brings games and apps to your television with big experiences created specifically for the living room. With Apple TV, the future of television is here.
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black + Philips Hue White Starter Kit for each member of the team (up to 6)
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more.
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