Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural East Tennessee
The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – East Tennessee Consortium (RCORP-ETC) strives to create healthy communities by enhancing health promotion and prevention, collaboration, and access to health services and care. Together these efforts will promote safety, physical and emotional wellness, and economic security.
RCORP-ETC has just been approved to begin working on a new project: Combatting Opioid Use in Rural Appalachia with Grace and Evidence. COURAGE will work to address 2 main goals: (1) prevent opioid use disorder (OUD) with an emphasis on rural adolescents and their caregivers and (2) enhance and expand OUD treatment and recovery services by promoting integrated, interdisciplinary care and reducing stigma.
The COURAGE service area will span six rural counties (Scott, Campbell, Union, Claiborne, Grainger, and Cocke) and two census tracts in partially rural Jefferson county, an area which has been shown to be particularly vulnerable to OUD and related poor health outcomes among young adults and adolescents. COURAGE hopes to effectively get treatment for OUD to those who need it most, without those suffering from OUD having to worry about any kind of stigma or shame.
Project Hope Has Come to a Close
After 3 years of serving the East Tennessee Community, Project HOPE has officially concluded. Over the course of the project, HOPE (Healing OUD through Prevention and Expertise) has provided over 250 trainings to over 250 health providers and youth workers. In addition to this, over 60 community members have received Narcan training. Project HOPE has also done work to support the community through expungement of criminal records, Harm Reduction, Drug Take-Back events, social outreach, Hub and Spoke Marketing, and Youth Engagement. For more details on all the work this group has accomplished, please browse the infographic below!