Opioid epidemics is currently the biggest health crisis in Pennsylvania. In 2016, over 2000 people in Pennsylvania died of opioid addiction. In order to have a thorough understanding of the wicked problem, my group and I went through a series of group meetings and composed of multiple maps.
The goal of this project is to analyze the epidemic, understand the different level of stakeholders, and create systems-level interventions that can help on fixing the problem.
2019, 8 weeks
Mihika Bansal, Yogini Boragonkar, Evelyn DiSalvo, Jina Lee, and Annalisa Pao
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01. Research and Mass Mapping
After gathering resources and data, group mates and I created maps that would help us visualize the stakeholders related to the opioid epidemics and three different hemisphere that would provide perspective on how to create a solution,
The image on the very left is the final version of mess mapping to understand the correlation of stakeholders and the cause of opioid addition. Each information were labeled as one or more of the STEEP categories (social, technological, environmental, education, and political) to see which problem it falls under.
The center image is a steak holders stream map to identify upstream and downstream stakeholders, and their influences. We identified that the big pharmacies are on the very top of the stream, while rehabilitation facilities are on the very bottom of the stream.
The right image is the three hemispheres map to identify current state, middle state, and desired state. This mapping allowed us to visually understand what actions must be taken to achieve the desired state.
After hand-mapping multiple drafts of opioid epidemics map, we realized that the wicked problem has a clear flow of directions, starting from big pharmacy companies to rehabilitation facilities after patients get addicted. Therefore, we decided to create an upstream/downstream stakeholders map by identifying each level's goals, strategies, and tactics. Based on the levels of the stakeholders, we then designed potential intervention points. We wanted to focus on preventing the problems upstream, so potential interventions are more focused on upstream motions than downstream.
03. Final Poster