Jurisdictions interested in establishing their own OFR should use the resources below.
OFR 101 Webinar
Presented by leading OFR experts at COSSUP and CDC, this January 2021 webinar details roles and expectations of OFR team leaders and members, describes agenda items of an OFR meeting and measures of success, and provides guidance on OFR data collection and plans for implementing OFR team recommendations.
The Practitioner’s Guide for Implementation was developed in partnership between COSSUP and the CDC. It provides the reader with the needed information to build a successful OFR with a strong foundation in coalition, data collection, and prevention.
This training opportunity provides the viewer with information on how to establish an effective OFR including how to staff, recruit, plan, and facilitate successful OFR meetings, as well as identify measures of success and strategies to store data and implement identified recommendations.
This project management tool template provides a simple way to create a project management Gantt chart to help visualize and track the implementation of an OFR as outlined in OFR: A Practitioner's Guide to Implementation.
The national standards were developed to ensure OFRs remain effective. These national standards are based on multiple state and local jurisdiction’s OFR and other fatality review practice-based experiences.
To assist OFRs in capturing as much information as possible about a decedent to make meaningful recommendations for prevention, Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA), in partnership with IIR, developed information sharing fact sheets. These fact sheets provide OFR teams an understanding of what members legally can and cannot share regarding federal law (such as 42 C.F.R. and HIPAA).
To assist local communities in storing OFR data and monitoring recommendations, the BJA and the CDC—in partnership with IIR, epidemiologists, researchers, and local OFR practice professionals—developed a free, secure, standardized online OFR Data System.
If you staff an OFR, please register your OFR team with COSSUP. Once your team has registered IIR can provide ongoing support and your team can be listed on the COSSUP online dashboard allowing for people to find and connect with teams such as yours from across the country.
The OFR Mentor Program encourages the uptake of promising peer practices by newly formed OFR sites by building bridges between nascent OFR teams and established ones that have demonstrated success. Participating OFR mentees are matched to an experienced OFR mentor site that provides consultation and support through direct communication and a virtual OFR site visit to see firsthand how OFRs work in practice.
Expertise is available to support the expansion and development of OFR teams, advance national standards, and implement innovative prevention and intervention strategies through TTA, toolkits, and hosting community of practice calls.