Linking C.O.R.E. Leaders

COVID-Opioid Rural Education

This interactive course is designed to support Natural Community Leaders in their efforts to lessen long-term harms associated with the overlapping epidemics of opioid misuse/abuse in their rural communities. Natural Community Leaders will gain skills in action planning in response to community need, community organizing and mobilization, planning for sustainability and evaluation, and navigating sensitive topics. 

This course is open to anyone with familiarity of their community's needs/priorities and dedication to engaging in community-level work that is sure to create long-term positive influence. 

Target Audience: 

  • Community health workers
  • Law enforcement
  • Faith-based leaders
  • Public health professionals
  • Professionals from non-traditional sectors
  • Policy-makers
  • Students
  • Other community leaders

Duration: ~ 20 hours

Continuing Education: May be available

Format: Web-based, blended

Last Updated: June 21, 2021

Author: Sara Hanafi, MPH 

With questions, contact Sara Hanafi at shanafi@unr.edu.

Course Curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction

    • Course Instructions

    • Survey Instructions

    • Demographic Survey

    • Initial Data Collection

  • 02

    Week 1: Course Welcome & Introduction to Health Equity

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 03

    Week 2: Substance Use Disorder and Preventive Efforts

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 04

    Week 3: Harm Reduction and Supporting Recovery

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 05

    Week 4: Navigating Stigma & Cultural Competence

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 06

    Week 5: An Opioid Crisis in the Midst of a Pandemic

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 07

    Week 6: Review of Stigma - Medical Mistrust and Misinformation

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 08

    Week 7: Impact on Mental Health, Pt. 1

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 09

    Week 8: Impact on Mental Health, Pt. 2

    • Module Introduction

    • Module Lesson - Guest Presentation

    • Tools/Resources

  • 10

    Week 9: Action Planning in Response to Community Crisis

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 11

    Week 10: Community Organizing and Mobilization

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 12

    Week 11: Planning for Sustainability and Continuing the Conversation

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

  • 13

    Week 12: Evaluating Success & Next Steps

    • Module Introduction

    • Pre-Test

    • Tools/Resources

    • Module Lesson

    • Post-Test

    • Course Evaluation

Acknowledgements

This work is supported by the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE) Grant #2020-46100-32840/Project Accession #024105 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

We would also like to acknowledge our Advisory Group members for their support in this project:

Gerold Dermid, MBA

Sara Hanafi, MPH

Tamara Telles

Jacqueline Parrish

Meredith Levine

Kenneth Retzl, Ph.D.

Andrea Gregg, MPH

Anna Rondon

Bala Salgado

Christy Stuth, MPH, RDH

Doug Taren, Ph.D.

Helene Silverblatt, MD

Jill Baker-Tingey

Joe Iser, MD

Leah Caswell, MD

Sharon Finarelli

Valerie Cauhape Haskin, M.S., MPH