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Opioid Related Webinars

January 8, 2017

***California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention (PDOP) Initiative – PDOP has partnered with the Harm Reduction Coalition to offer a free, two-part webinar series around naloxone, presented by Eliza Wheeler. Part one of the series will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (10:00am PST) and will concentrate on overdose education and naloxone distribution. Part two of the series will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (1:30pm PST) and will discuss how to implement naloxone distribution systems. All are welcome to attend! See the attached flier for further details.

***Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Injury and Violence: January 18, 2018 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET | Register Now Join us on to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Injury and Violence Leading Health Indicators. This webinar will focus on the injury deaths leading health indicator, with an emphasis on preventing poisoning deaths and opioid overdoses. You’ll also learn how Project Lazarus, our featured community organization, is reducing overdose mortality rates through a public health model based on the twin premises that overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are responsible for their own health.

 ***Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities: Thursday, January 18, 2018: 12:00 pm Mountain, 2:00 pm Eastern
The opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in rural areas. Rural youth, young adults, women experiencing domestic violence, and people living in states with large rural populations suffer from higher rates of opioid use than their urban counterparts. Opioid overdose deaths are growing faster in rural counties than urban counties. This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine focuses on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it will discuss cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities. It will conclude by describing community organizing strategies to engage a wide range of local stakeholders to reduce the burden of opioid use. The webinar is free, no registration is required, but participation is limited to the first 1,500 to log-on that day. If the webinar reaches capacity, you will be able to access the recording, archived on the Gateway website.

Questions? Contact: Brenda Haugen, Rural Health Research


  • Dial-in Number: 888.603.9072
  • Participant Passcode: 2245841

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

January 4, 2018

What’s New

Hepatitis C Increases Attributed to Opioid Epidemic.  In a new report published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain findings that suggest the national increase in acute Hepatitis C Virus  (HCV) infection is related to the country’s opioid epidemic and rising rates of injection drug use.  Using data from the CDC’s hepatitis surveillance system and from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) national database on admissions to substance use disorder treatment facilities, the researchers found that the rises in both HCV infection and reported treatment admissions are concurrent.  One year ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan that includes integrating viral hepatitis prevention and care with primary health care services as a way of better meeting needs of people in rural areas, where recent research shows higher impact of the opioid epidemic.


Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 4, 2018

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Rural Health Information Hub

January 3, 2018

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Documentation & Reporting Evaluation & Management Services in 2018

January 3, 2018

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CMS Region 7 Update

December 29, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

December 27, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.