Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
After the successful completion of a planning grant, St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus was awarded a 3 year "Rural Communities Opioid Response Implementation Grant" from the Health Resource and Service Administration(HRSA) in 2019. The grant project's goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance abuse disorder (SUD) in the high-risk community by strengthening the organizational and infrastructural capacity through a multi-sector consortium. The target population for this project includes the students, staff, families and community members of Tamaqua Area School District (TASD), Panther Valley School District (PVSD), Child Development, Inc. (Head Start Schuylkill County program) and PathStone Corporation (Coaldale Head Start program).
VISION, along with St. Luke's Miners, PVSD, TASD, Child Development Inc. (Head Start, Schuylkill County program), Schuylkill County Drug and Alcohol Program, and Carbon Monroe Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, is a Consortium Partner for the grant. As a Consortium Partner, VISION implements evidence-based interventions and promising practice models, such as Trauma Informed Trainings, to expand access to, and strengthen the quality of, SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-risk rural communities. VISION works closely with the steering committee that meets monthly and includes local nonprofit and grassroots organizations and partners along with community members closely tied to the mission.
To date, VISION has assisted in conducting trauma informed training and stigma presentations to over 400 county professionals and community members. VISION staff also attends and participates on the Rural Community Opioid/Substance Response (RCORP) Steering Committee, Schuylkill County Prevention Partnership and Schuylkill County REACH Coalition. VISION looks forward to providing additional assistance in reaching communities through website and social media content around stigma, prevention, and services.
This program was sponsored in part and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 (implementation grant) with approximately 50% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.