The Colorado AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative to support local communities that are implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse. From Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2019, 12 AmeriCorps members will work with the six regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and several partner organizations around Colorado. The work will be focused on counties hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.
Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (CCAHEC) is the awardee for the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) grant with Serve Colorado. The CORP relies on a partnership between CCAHEC, the Regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), Rise Above Colorado, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (the Consortium), and the Colorado Attorney General’s Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force (Task Force).
The overarching goal of the partnership is to link the existing infrastructures of the AHECs, Rise Above, the Consortium, and the Task Force with local community coalitions. The CORP will use a “constellation model” approach that has been identified as a best practice, designed to bring together multiple groups or
sectors and work toward a shared goal.
The CORP grant and AmeriCorps members will help the four partners increase support to local communities working to reduce the impact of opioid misuse.
During the course of the program, three evidenced-based strategies will be used. The AmeriCorps members will work with the regional AHECs and partners in the community to:
• support planning and execution of provider education events about safe prescribing practices
• plans and executes community educational events on administration of Naloxone
• coordinates and delivers of youth-focused opioid-related educational programming and resources
This member may also plan and execute community education on safe disposal, disseminate opioid-related messaging campaigns; and initiate, support, and enhance community-based collaborations.
Goals and Performance Measures
The AmeriCorps members and partner organizations will work to jointly achieve pre-established goals.
- Provider education – members will support at least six two-hour provider education events per year within their AHEC region. The goal is to educate more than 300 clients, with more than 150 reporting an increase in knowledge about safe opioid prescribing practices.
- Naloxone awareness– members will coordinate at least six community education events within their AHEC region. More than 600 community members will participate, with 300 reporting increased knowledge around overdose and Naloxone.
- Youth-focused education – members will coordinate delivery of educational programming created for youths ages 12 to 17 within their regions. The members shall reach 1,800 youth, with 900 reporting increased knowledge about opioid usage.
Cori Wells, Central Colorado AHEC AmeriCorps Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-728-5326