Extra Episode - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program with Megan Meacham and Sarah O’Donell

Season #1

In this extra episode in our series "Rural Health on Life Support,” Michelle talks with Megan Meacham, Director of the Rural Strategic Initiatives Division and Sarah O’Donell Team Lead for Program Development with HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Megan, Sarah, and their colleague Allison Hutchings were awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals 2023 People’s Choice Award, in recognition of their creation and management of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

During this conversation, Megan shares the RCORP’s efforts and programs that to bring substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services to rural communities that may not have services or inadequate access to services, as well as how RCORP aims to improve outcomes and increase health equity and access to care for underserved and geographically isolated populations.

Sarah shares examples of how grantees are effectively serving communities, and creating partnerships, networks, and connections for supporting responses to substance used disorder. Also discussed are challenges and barriers to getting care, as well as tips for accessing resources to address the opioid crisis rural communities.

Extra Episode | Rural Health on Life Support - HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program with Megan Meacham & Sarah O'Donnell

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