About the Program
The Consortium for Opioids Response and Engagement-East Central Indiana (CORE-ECI) focuses on the two east-central communities of Blackford County and Jay County. Both Indiana counties are medically underserved populations with significant mortality and opioid-use rates. In partnership with Purdue, Indiana University Health serves as clinical lead of CORE-ECI, which consists of seven (7) multi-sectoral partners who have committed to increase access to medication-assisted treatment; provide early intervention for substance use disorder (SUD) with a focus on health disparities, stigma and bias, and cultural insensitivities; and form a seamless system of evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery services. The initiative runs from September of 2021 to August 2024. Download the summary document.
- Purdue University, specifically Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA), which is a nonprofit healthcare outreach initiative and part of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). Purdue Extension will be involved in evaluating the impact of social determinants of health on SUD response.
- IU Health Blackford Hospital is a 15-bed critical access hospital that offers a specialty clinic, outpatient surgical services, a paramedic-level ambulance service and retail pharmacy; provides 24-hour emergency services, laboratory, radiology, outpatient physician practices; and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
- IU Health Jay Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that offers inpatient care, outpatient surgical services and several medical specialties; provides 24-hour emergency services, laboratory, radiology, outpatient physician practices; and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
- Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides drug prevention education, peer recovery coaching and other services to Jay and surrounding counties.
- Hester Hollis Concern Center provides behavioral health and SUD services to adults and minors diagnosed as seriously mentally ill and/or emotionally disturbed.
- Blackford County Community Corrections provides a community-based, alternative to incarceration through intensive supervision, utilizing evidence-based practices while enhancing intrinsic motivation to reduce recidivism.
- A Better Life-Brianna’s Hope Inc. is a participant-driven support and recovery movement for those battling substance abuse that began following the disappearance and heroin-related death of a Blackford County woman.
Cathy Scott, COre-ECI Program Director (academics), Co-PI
Melanie Cline, Principal Investigator & Strategy Lead
Kimbra Reynolds, CORE-ECI Program Director (community), Co-PI
Jenny VanSkyock, Clinical Lead
Jeanine Parsch, Communications
Regina Pilotte, Data Coordinator
Anne Hazlett, Public Affairs
CORE-ECI Program Director, Co-PI
CORE-ECI is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling nearly $1M. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
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