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    A community capacity building approach to addressing the Opioid crisis in rural counties across America

    This project collectively builds on existing partnerships with local, regional, state and national agencies to address the opioid crisis in rural communities. The work uses a recovery capital framework, which actively promotes community protective factors and reduces the impact of risk factors. This project works to prevent opioid use and support sustained recovery by:

    • Engaging with communities and community partners.
    • Enhancing opioid prevention efforts.
    • Building effective and sustainable systems and supports to reduce overdoses.
    • Expanding understanding and options for treatment.


    We work with the following universities, Tribal nations and public health agencies: 

    • University of Minnesota Extension
    • University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy-Duluth
    • South Dakota State University
    • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
    • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
    • Fort Thompson - Crow Creek
    • Lower Brule
    • Aitkin County Health & Human Services
    • Itasca County Health & Human Services
    • St. Louis County Public Health
    • Pine County Public Health & Human Services
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