COURAGE: Combating Opioid Use in Rural Appalachia with Grace and Evidence


Combating Opioid Use in Rural Appalachia with Grace and Evidence (COURAGE; 2022-2024) addresses two overarching goals: (1) prevent opioid use disorder (OUD) with an emphasis on youth and the adults who care for them and (2) enhance OUD treatment and recovery by promoting integrated, interdisciplinary care. This project is partnering with 5 ETRHC members, including the University of Tennessee, Union County ICARE, Live Free Claiborne, The Hill Claiborne, and United Methodist Church of Newport, TN. Jarrod Vick, a pharmacist in Campbell County, is an individual member of the ETRHC who will also serve as key personnel.

2023-2024 COURAGE Team

Mindy GrimmUnion County
Tyler MeltonUT Medical
Laurie L. MeschkePublic Health, UT
Jennifer TourvilleSMART Initiative, UT
Pastor Kyle PrichardThe Hill Claiborne
Jarrod VickCocke County
Pastor Marta CogburnUnited Methodist Church of
Pastor Joe HoffmanLive Free


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