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AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program

Colorado Community Opioid Response Program

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Overview

The Colorado AmeriCorps VISTA Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative to support local communities that are implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse. In the 2019-2020 service year, 12 AmeriCorps VISTAs will work with partners of the Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) on capacity in local settings. The work will be focused on counties hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.

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Meet the Members

Della Turque-Henneberger

"We don't need to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by thousands of people, can change the world”- Howard Zinn

San Juan Basin Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-01-24T16:36:36+00:00

San Juan Basin Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

"We don't need to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by thousands of people, can change the world”- Howard Zinn

Seth Johnson

Service allows me to turn "How can I help?" into "I KNOW that I'm making a difference." It's been great to meet others who also want to be part of the solution, and it will be a positive influence on the rest of my life. I'm thankful to AmeriCorps for the opportunity!

Jefferson County Public Health

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:13:14+00:00

Jefferson County Public Health

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

Service allows me to turn "How can I help?" into "I KNOW that I'm making a difference." It's been great to meet others who also want to be part of the solution, and it will be a positive influence on the rest of my life. I'm thankful to AmeriCorps for the opportunity!

Cassidy Foster

I hope to enjoy every second of my service and expand my education and help educate the community around me.

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:14:49+00:00

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

I hope to enjoy every second of my service and expand my education and help educate the community around me.

Rebecka Armstrong

When we make up our minds and our hearts to be of service to others, the possibilities of growth are endless.

Centennial Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:18:05+00:00

Centennial Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

When we make up our minds and our hearts to be of service to others, the possibilities of growth are endless.

Tracy Cruz

AmeriCorps has allowed me the flexibility to grow while being of service to my community. I also have learned if a goal is not reached then I change the plan not the goal and this I think is perseverance which can only be learned and practiced not given to anyone. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime!

Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:21:30+00:00

Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

AmeriCorps has allowed me the flexibility to grow while being of service to my community. I also have learned if a goal is not reached then I change the plan not the goal and this I think is perseverance which can only be learned and practiced not given to anyone. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime!

Jane Davis

I pride myself by living by the universal quote "Service Above Self"

Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:22:24+00:00

Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018- Present

I pride myself by living by the universal quote "Service Above Self"

Adrian Pascual

Service is essential to understanding community dynamics, no matter where you are.

Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:23:32+00:00

Community Health Partnership

AmeriCorps VISTA Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Service is essential to understanding community dynamics, no matter where you are.

Madison Chambers

Serving the Routt County community is a privilege, and I hope to help build a network that can continue to benefit the area in coming years.

Sk8 Church

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:24:50+00:00

Sk8 Church

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

Serving the Routt County community is a privilege, and I hope to help build a network that can continue to benefit the area in coming years.

Katie Moran

Serving through AmeriCorps has given me a chance to expand my professional development, explore a new part of the county, and give back to a cause very dear to my heart.

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:25:45+00:00

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2018- Present

Serving through AmeriCorps has given me a chance to expand my professional development, explore a new part of the county, and give back to a cause very dear to my heart.

Sylvie Novins-Montague

By serving with AmeriCorps, I have the resources and support needed for my community. Communities merit our work as advocates because they help shape lives and create opportunities for us to grow. The general public best combats current and growing crises, and I am proud to offer my service in support.

Celebrating Healthy Communities

AmeriCorps State Alum

Program Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:26:29+00:00

Celebrating Healthy Communities

AmeriCorps State Alum

Program Years: 2019- Present

By serving with AmeriCorps, I have the resources and support needed for my community. Communities merit our work as advocates because they help shape lives and create opportunities for us to grow. The general public best combats current and growing crises, and I am proud to offer my service in support.

Jordan Gruppuso

There are things that you do because they feel right. They may not make sense to others and they may be challenging, but the sense of fulfillment that comes along with helping others is incomparable.

Delta County Memorial Hospital

AmeriCorps State Alum

Program Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:27:10+00:00

Delta County Memorial Hospital

AmeriCorps State Alum

Program Years: 2019- Present

There are things that you do because they feel right. They may not make sense to others and they may be challenging, but the sense of fulfillment that comes along with helping others is incomparable.

Dane Hall

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -Isaac Asimov

Boulder County Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:29:29+00:00

Boulder County Public Health

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Service Years: 2019- Present

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -Isaac Asimov

Parker Semler

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:31:44+00:00

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2019- Present

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Katie Lazar

I volunteer because I truly believe in the abilities of people to make a positive difference.

Central Colorado AHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:27:38+00:00

Central Colorado AHEC

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2018

I volunteer because I truly believe in the abilities of people to make a positive difference.

Mychal Morrill

I got into service with the idea that it was a part of life that everyone should have. I was wrong. It’s a lifestyle.

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2019-03-29T21:50:02+00:00

CCAHEC

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Service Years: 2018- Present

I got into service with the idea that it was a part of life that everyone should have. I was wrong. It’s a lifestyle.

Arianna Sherman

What called me to service for this AmeriCorps year is being able to find out what or how I can help and then growing with that into my future career.

South Western & Western Colorado AHECs

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:38:05+00:00

South Western & Western Colorado AHECs

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017-2018

What called me to service for this AmeriCorps year is being able to find out what or how I can help and then growing with that into my future career.

Deanna UliBarri-Crespin

I believe that acts of service can lead to social change because of experience, past or present. If something is not experienced, than a person will never know.

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017- Present

Central Colorado AHEC, AmeriCorps
2018-05-14T18:39:02+00:00

San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center

AmeriCorps State Alum

Service Years: 2017- Present

I believe that acts of service can lead to social change because of experience, past or present. If something is not experienced, than a person will never know.

Goals and Performance Measures

The AmeriCorps VISTAs and partner organizations will work to jointly achieve pre-established goals.

  • Community Partnerships –VISTAs will collectively engage 30 regional organizations to improve their understanding of opioids as well as potential strategies to be implemented throughout their community. Nine of the organizations are hoped to report that capacity building helped the organizations be more efficient with partner collaborations, financial resources, technology use, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Data Collection and Research–VISTAs will work to develop a collection of data related to the opioid epidemic, housed at the host site. VISTAs will be easily accessible sources of information regarding treatment, overdose statistics, and local developments.
  • Volunteer Recruitment –  In addition to raising awareness, VISTAs will aid in recruiting volunteers with partner organizations through event coordination, local advertising, and targeted outreach.
Activities

During the course of the program, three evidenced-based strategies will be used. The AmeriCorps VISTAs will work with local non-profits in the community to:

  • coordinate and facilitate meetings with local stakeholders to identify opioid-related concerns
  • explore opportunities for sustainable grants in the field of opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • collect and manage data pertaining to opioid use, misuse, and potential deterrent strategies

The AmeriCorps VISTAs will also disseminate related messaging campaigns; initiate support, and enhance community-based collaborations; and assist in other opioid misuse efforts.

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