The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts in New York City has announced inaugural grants totaling $10.1 million to help ensure access to opioid use disorder treatment and services in urban, rural, minority, tribal, and low-income communities.
Established in 2018 with a gift from healthcare and pharmaceutical distribution company McKesson, the foundation awarded nineteen grants in support of projects designed to develop or expand models that improve service delivery for adults, adolescents, pregnant or parenting women, justice-involved persons, and uninsured populations, as well as address payment and regulatory policies aimed at increasing access to treatment or providing telehealth, mobile, and rural hospital services.
Recipients of national initiative grants include the National Academy for State Health Policy; Rutgers University's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; the Urban Institute; and the National Emergency Medicine Consortium, through which the American College of Emergency Physicians/Emergency Medicine Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Public Health Institute will work to improve care delivery in emergency departments nationwide.
Recipients of state and local initiative grants include the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, the Mountain Area Health Education Center, the University of North Dakota College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, and Cabin Creek Health Systems.
"In 2018, an estimated one hundred and thirty Americans died every day from an opioid overdose, and an estimated two million people are currently experiencing opioid use disorder," said FORE board chair Andrea Barthwell. "These initial grants focus on improving access to lifesaving treatment. In the months ahead, we will announce additional funding opportunities that address other aspects of this multi-faceted crisis."
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