A forest of birch trees

    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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