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Funding Awarded for Opioid e-Resource Database Development and Outreach Project!

Posted by on August 10th, 2017 Posted in: Advocacy, Funding, News from the Region, Outreach, Public Health, Success Stories
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Indiana Prevention Resource Center LogoThe GMR office is excited to announce that the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) has been granted an Outreach Award for its project, Opioid e-Resource Database Development and Outreach.

Background
Like many states across the country, Indiana has seen a significant increase in the number of opioid abusers. The state ranks 17th in the number of overdose deaths, and the number of deaths involving heroin use has increased from 7 in 2005 to 239 in 2015.

Project Description
The GMR office is funding IPRC to develop an e-resources database devoted solely to the topic of the current opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on Indiana, that will feature as subthemes from the homepage educational materials on how to judge the quality of health information resources and links to highlighted National Library of Medicine materials. IPRC will promote the database across the state via multiple paths, including social media, direct mailings, and IPRC staff working in various regions. Outreach efforts will be doubled in Indiana’s 21 medically underserved counties in order to increase visibility to health professionals and community members in these regions.

Outcomes
The implementation of this project aims to fulfill four main goals:

1. Raise awareness and knowledge about the current opioid epidemic in Indiana and nationally
2. Raise awareness about the rich resources available through the National Library of Medicine
3. Raise awareness and knowledge about how to judge the quality of health information to improve decision-making about health care
4. Reach health professionals and the general public, especially in underserved areas

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Derek is a Minnesota native who relocated to Iowa in 2013. His professional experiences include public health, prospect research, competitive intelligence, and outreach librarianship. Derek and his wife reside in Coralville with their two dogs (mini goldendoodle and mini poodle) and will welcome a new baby girl in October!

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Karyn Witt says:

I remember when we moved to Indiana 12 years ago and I was walking down the sidewalk with my toddler. He bent over to pick up something and, imagine my surprise when I noticed it was a needle he was about to grab. I thought, ‘What kind of community did I move to?’ Of course, you hear about overdoses now and again but I had no idea that Indiana was ranked 17th in the number of overdose deaths. If you ever want to do a presentation at our library, let me know.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346-01 with The University of Iowa.

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