OSU Extension has received one of nine Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants are meant to address the needs of rural Americans through individual and family health education programs delivered through Cooperative Extension. For FY18, the awards are focusing on the prevention and reduction of opioid misuse and abuse in rural areas.
OSU Extension’s project will focus specifically on three rural counties: Paulding, Hardin, and Vinton. Educators in these counties will build on existing relationships within their communities to maximize the benefits of the Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) program and will further encourage positive change within their communities through the presentation of Generation Rx, Mental Health First Aid, and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. The grant will build and sustain engaged and multidisciplinary community teams (comprising parents, students, faith leaders, health and social service providers, etc.) that are connected to residents and other stakeholders to serve as local advisory bodies as well as advocates for the project, implement the PROSPER delivery system and its evidence-based prevention curricula for students and families, expand and deepen the reach of Generation Rx, and implement Mental Health First Aid trainings.