Bernard McDonough Foundation, Marshall Health host forum on evidence-based community approaches to substance use crisis

9/27/2019


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Next week the Bernard McDonough Foundation and Marshall Health are kicking off 14 statewide meetings to share what programs and initiatives are being used in the Huntington community to significantly reduce the number of overdoses. The initial event is Tuesday, October 1, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Ramada Limited at 3094 16th Street Road in Huntington. It will target the communities of Cabell, Lincoln, Mason and Wayne.

Each meeting will allow time for community collaboration, sharing of resources, a presentation of key approaches that were successful in Huntington and a guided community discussion on how participants can collaborate with fellow stakeholders to address substance use in their region.

The message is geared toward representatives of local healthcare administration, local elected officials, key local stakeholders in areas such as economic development and the faith community, local foundations, and funder and local advocates of substance use-related efforts.

The McDonough Foundation partnered with Marshall Health due to its involvement in Huntington’s initiatives. Huntington has received national and international recognition for the rapid response and unique programs the community has developed.

The statewide meetings are part of a twofold project set forth by The Bernard McDonough Foundation and Marshall Health. The first step was the development of the “City of Solutions” handbook, which outlines the blueprint Huntington utilized to identify, develop, fund and implement programs. The next step is to work with other communities around the state to identify resources, build on current successes and promote a comprehensive continuum of treatment and recovery statewide.

Registration can be accessed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-an-effective-community-response-to-the-substance-use-crisis-tickets-73166253233. The event is co-sponsored by the Bernard McDonough Foundation and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Division of Addiction Sciences in the Department of Family and Community Health. Registration includes the cost of attendance and lunch. For more information, contact Jodi Maiolo at carpenter166@marshall.edu or Lyn O'Connell at oconnelll@marshall.edu.

Media Relations Contact

Michele McKnight, Community & Media Relations Coordinator
304-691-1713
mcknigh4@marshall.edu


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