Center for Housing and Community Engagement

Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnership for Success Grantee Training

Posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 by Stephen Sills.
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Dr. Sills presenting a case study of the impact of the rural opioid epidemic.

UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies recently hosted a two-day training (see Training Program here) on how to use data to inform local coalitions regarding behavioral health disparities in the prevention of opiate prescription misuse.  This came as part of our technical assistance to 13 rural counties in NC struggling with the opioid epidemic.

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Dr. Villalba talking about behavioral health disparities in Latino communities.

The goal of the training was to provide a set of information gathering and prevention strategy development tools that participants could take back and use in their communities to reduce disparities in prescription medication misuse and its consequences.

Participants developed an explanatory narrative about the issues of prescription misuse in their community – one that identifies likely causal factors for its increase, conditions that contribute to its sustainability, and the population groups most vulnerable to engaging in drug misuse.

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Ms. Rachel Ryding moderating a panel on How Prevention Fits Into The Continuum Of Care in Rural Communities.

The training also introduce participants to examining relationships among factors as increasing or decreasing the likelihood of prescription drug misuse, and as means of representing where the misuse is occurring (via Geographical Information System mapping).

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