Opioid Response


In February, 2017, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) approved the establishment of the Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup (OECRW). Communities across the nation are experiencing growing numbers of opioid-related fatalities. ECOP invited the EOCRW to consider the ways in which Cooperative Extension Services (CES) could expand the capacity to help address the crisis. The EOCRW included members directly involved in the development of the strategic plan (workgroup members) as well as a set of expert partners who provided feedback and guidance. Dr. Mark Skidmore, Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University served as the leader of this task force.

Workgroup Members:


• Mark Skidmore, NCRCRD, Michigan State University

• Alison Brennan, NCRCRD, Michigan State University

• Ronald A. Brown, Association of Southern Region Extension Directors

• Courtney Cuthbertson, Michigan State University

• Jami Delifield, The Ohio State University

Alex Elswick, University of Kentucky

• Novella Johnson Ruffin, Virginia State University

Richard Klemme, APLU

• Brian Kowalkowski, College of Menominee Nation

• Anne Lindsay, University of Nevada-Reno

• Daniel Perkins, Pennsylvania State Unversity

• Roger Rennekamp, The Ohio State University

Ahlishia Shipley, USDA-NIFA

Sandy Sulzer, Utah State University

Expert Partners

• Mark Skidmore, NCRCRD, Michigan State University

• Amy Chilote, North Carolina State University

• Autumn Guin, North Carolina State University


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