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All-Ohio Medical School Opioid Use Disorder Collaborative Curriculum

Funded by Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

About the OhioMHAS Grant

In spring 2019, the Ohio Department of Mental Health Addiction Services (MHAS) initiated an All-Ohio Medical School Collaborative, led by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), to develop a standard curriculum for medicine students and other health professionals. The collaborative includes all Ohio medical schools

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University (project lead)

  • Case Western Reserve University

  • Ohio State University

  • Ohio University

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of Toledo

  • Wright State University

The Ohio State Opioid Response (SOR) Project focuses on building a community system of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support) that emphasizes service integration between physical health, emergency health care, behavioral health care, criminal justice, and child welfare. The geographic area for this project is the State of Ohio. The population of focus is adolescents and adults with a diagnosis of opioid use disorder (OUD) and those at risk for misuse of opioids. 

The Ohio SOR Project is intended to

  1. Expand prevention efforts related to naloxone distribution, provide training across systems for professionals to improve system responses to the opioid epidemic, and deploy targeted awareness messaging for communities;

  2. Expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and a clinical workforce with the expertise to provide MAT and psychosocial treatment to individuals with an opioid use disorder,

  3. Expand the use of certified peer supporters and access to recovery housing, in particular recovery housing for families; and

  4. Develop employment opportunities for persons in recovery from opioid addiction.

In achieving these aims, programs and services will build upon the work already established by Ohio’s 21st Century CURES State Targeted Response initiative.

Ohio MHAS sought to award funding to one awardee to develop and implement a common curriculum across all Ohio Medical schools to train 11,000 graduate medical students per year on pain management and OUD treatment.

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Project Leadership:

John Boltri, MD, FAAFP, Principal Investigator

Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, PhD, MPA, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Rebecca Fischbein, PhD, Project Evaluator

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Mike Appleman, MA Ed, Curriculum Developer

Director of Primary Care Education Integration, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Kristen Harris, Graduate Assistant

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Simon Robins, MLIS, Reference Librarian


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