PIRE Project - Rural Opioid Response

The Communities Planning to Reduce Opioid Use Disorders (COP-PROUD) Consortium—is a highly innovative approach to empower high-risk rural Ohio communities to address OUD and overdose deaths across the full continuum of care (prevention, treatment, and recovery). The COP-PROUD consortium will be composed of partners from various sectors with complementary expertise, including researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), faculty and professional staff from the Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs (OU-VS), and staff from county health departments in Washington and Sandusky counties. The local health departments will also serve as backbone organizations for the two community consortia. The COP-PROUD consortium will operationalize the goals of the RCORP-Planning funding opportunity through a detailed needs assessment, development of comprehensive data-driven strategic plans that address gaps in the OUD continuum of care, creation of local workforce plans to ensure a trained, sufficient workforce to meet OUD needs, and creation of sustainability plans to extend the impact of this project beyond the period of performance. PIRE and OU-VS will support local community consortia with wrap-around training, technical assistance, and evaluation support. The COP-PROUD consortium will build capacity in low- and emerging- capacity rural communities in Ohio, while supporting a planning and needs assessment processes that are that are culturally competent, locally-driven, and owned by the participating communities.