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Texas Gulf Bend Region Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning (RCORP) Program for Prevention of Childhood Neglect, Trauma & Abuse

PI: Jane Bolin, PhD, JD, BSN

Interdisciplinary Team:

  • Regina Beard, EdD, MSN, RN, vice chancellor for health services at Texas A&M University and Project ECHO coordinator for the Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Nancy Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAN, associate professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing
  • Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, assistant professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health
  • Jodie Gary, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing
  • Linda Kohleffel, LMSW, community health worker coordinator at the Coastal Bend Health Education Center
  • Carly McCord, PhD, clinical research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of Telebehavioral Health at the Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Sidney Ontai, MD, MBA, medical director for the Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and director of the residency program at DeTar Healthcare Systems Family Medicine in Victoria, Texas
  • Alison Pittman, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing
  • Cheryl Pullium, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing
  • Dale Rodriguez, community health worker
  • Cynthia Weston, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, assistant professor and associate dean for clinical and outreach affairs at the Texas A&M College of Nursing

Summary: The goal of this multi-institutional, strategic planning proposal is to conduct a comprehensive strategic planning process directed towards the prevention of opioid use disorder (OUD)’s impact on vulnerable populations by establishing the Texas Gulf Bend Region Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP-Planning). This planning will support and expand emergency, clinical and mental health services for prevention of opioid use disorders (OUD) in rural populations.

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Funder Acknowledgement: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) award 1G25RH33012-01. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.