Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.

The purpose of the Guide is to arm rural leaders with information they can put into immediate action to create change. It provides background information, recommended action steps, and promising practices to help manage the impact of substance use disorder on local communities and help persons with the disease of addiction. The topics are based on lessons learned from the Department of Agriculture rural roundtable discussions held in over a dozen states, as well as the experiences of several rural stakeholder partners.

At the launch, ONDCP Director, Jim Carroll was joined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leadership: the Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams; Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistance Secretary for Health; Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistance Secretary, SAMHSA; and, Brian LeClair, Deputy Administrator, HRSA.

A diversity of partners (rural and urban) contributed to the work and attended the event including Addiction Policy Forum, American Farm Bureau Federation, Appalachian Regional Commission, Center for Court Innovation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Housing Assistance Council, National Alliance for Recovery Residences, National Association of Counties, National Association of Development Organizations, National Farmers Union, National Rural Health Association, National Sheriff’s Association, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Transit Assistance Program, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships).

The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county-specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction. The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.

America’s Opioid Crisis: Where are we in 2019?

“America’s Opioid Crisis: Where are we in 2019?” webinar presented by Dr. Drosnes from the Caron Treatment Centers. This webinar was hosted by the Penn State Extension Substance Misuse Sub-team (formerly known as the Opioid Response Team) as part of their action plan to educate our Extension team on the Opioid Crisis. We hope this information will give you a deeper understanding and better equip you for interacting in the communities that have been hit so hard by this crisis.

NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic has opened a call for organizations to join the Action Collaborative as a network organization.

Network organizations are active supporters and contributors to the work of the Action Collaborative, but do not participate in the Action Collaborative’s working groups. You can apply to join the Action Collaborative as a Network Organization by completing this survey and submitting an organizational commitment statement that publicly states your organization’s commitment to combating the trends of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Network organizations will participate in the work of the Action Collaborative in the following ways:

    • Provide input on activities of the Action Collaborative;
    • Receive networking and information-sharing opportunities;
    • Receive regular updates on the work of the Action Collaborative, including priority invitations to public meetings and advance notice of new resources and publications;
    • Receive communications tools such as infographics and social media toolkits;
    • Will be featured on the NAM website, along with an organizational commitment statement describing current and/or future work in the four focus areas; and
    • Receive invitations to act as partners in new efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

PROSPER is a model developed by prevention scientists & extension staff…

Kendel Ehrlich, Deputy Director of the White House’s Office on National Drug Control Policy and Anne Hazlett, visited Fayette County, Pennsylvania to learn about a locally instituted substance abuse prevention model.

PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience), is a model developed by prevention scientists and extension staff at Iowa State and Pennsylvania State universities.

Click here to read the full Herald-Standard Article.

Unintentional Injury Death Rates in the U.S. Webinar

Webinar: Thursday, August 29, 2019 / 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern (Duration: approximately 60 minutes)

Speakers from the National Center for Health Statistics will discuss two recently published reports: Unintentional Injury Death Rates in Rural and Urban Areas: United States, 1999–2017 and Urban–Rural Differences in Drug Overdose Death Rates, by Sex, Age, and Type of Drugs Involved, 2017. Both reports are based on mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System.

The first report focuses on the most common causes of unintentional injury deaths. The presentation will cover historical trends and patterns by urbanization for unintentional injury deaths overall, with a more detailed look at motor vehicle traffic injuries, drug overdose, and falls.

The second report focuses on urban-rural differences in drug overdose death rates. The presentation will cover historical trends as well as differences by sex, age group and the types of drugs involved.

To join webinar:

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis (Deadline August 23, 2019) The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women. The RESTORE program will provide approximately four to eight grants to governments of states and outlying areas.

Details and to apply

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program (Deadline August 15, 2019) provides funding for innovative and constructive projects that address education, prevention, and/or the safe disposal of opioids. Priority will be given to community projects that address the key areas of focus: Safe disposal management programs; Prevention education; Pilot programs for new ideas related to pre- and post-treatment activities.


Anthem Foundation Program Grants (Deadline August 9, 2019) support ongoing community health programs with proven and measurable outcomes

The Anthem Foundation funds specific public health-related initiatives that address the social determinants of health and positively affect conditions identified through our signature Healthy Generations program.

There are two funding options. Before applying, please review the descriptions for both and determine which best aligns with your request.
Funding opportunities