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January 24, 2024

Strategies a Rural Substance Use Training Center is Implementing to Partner with Community Health Stakeholders in New Jersey

Nationally and in New Jersey (NJ), there is an unmet need for education and training about rural substance use. The Northeast & Caribbean Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center (NeC-ROTAC) is a federally-funded center tasked with providing these resources to rural communities of HHS Region 2, which includes NJ. Since it�s inception in 2022, the NeC-ROTAC has established and built on NJ partnerships with members of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, community organizations, health care centers, and health departments serving rural communities of the state. These partnerships have been built on a mutual respect and understanding of each organization�s role in addressing rural health inequities. This seminar will provide examples of community-engaged strategies used by the NeC-ROTAC and highlight some ongoing partnership activities.

Presenter: Jamey Lister, PhD; Associate Professor & New Jersey Director of the Northeast & Caribbean Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center (NeC-ROTAC), Rutgers University School of Social Work