Sigmon Awarded HRSA Center Grant to Reduce Impact of Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities
Stacey Sigmon, PhD, has been awarded a $6.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to establish the University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction. This center will aim reduce impact of the opioid epidemic, specifically in rural communities as there is a critical need to leverage evidence-based tools to expand opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment capacity and reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality in rural communities, which have been disproportionately impacted. The Center will work to identify, translate, disseminate and implement science-based practices to address the rural OUD epidemic, as well as future substance use disorder epidemics as they emerge.
Sigmon and colleagues will bring a science-based approach to addressing OUD in rural communities through dissemination of best practices, enhanced and integrated clinical care services, development and evaluation, epidemiological surveillance, and rural addiction prevention. The collaborating partners include the University of Vermont, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of New Hampshire, and University of Southern Maine. Through close collaboration with partners in each state, a common “menu” of technological-based tools, and a comprehensive surveillance and evaluation infrastructure, we will aim to support expansion of evidence-supported OUD treatment capacity in rural communities.
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