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Services Planning Research in the Appalachian Region to Address Adverse Health Consequences Associated with Increased Opioid Injection Drug Use

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.279
Appalachian Regional Commission, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 28, 2016

Administrative and application submission contact

Scientific/Research Contact

Peter Hartsock, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Peer Review Contact

Mark Swieter, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Financial/Grants Management Contact

Pam Fleming, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


In order to address adverse outcomes associated with increased opioid injection drug use in Appalachia, this program provides funding for services planning research grants to develop an understanding of the patterns, causes and effects of opioid injection drug use, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), HIV infection risk, and other adverse health consequences of drug use. The overall goal of the project is to prevent new occurrences of drug abuse, facilitate screening and entry into treatment programs, and enable access to well-integrated health and social services programs that address these conditions in rural and economically distressed settings. The projects will lay the foundation for larger, future research and planning efforts to benefit more counties and areas across Appalachia.

Applicants are encouraged to identify a discrete target area consisting of one or more Appalachian counties, and to engage community-based stakeholders in their work. Grant-funded activities are encouraged to include:

  • Epidemiologic characterization of the substance using population of the target area
  • Identification and recruitment of locally available infrastructure and key stakeholders to support successful interventions
  • Identifying novel and feasible approaches to address barriers to intervention
  • Assessing relevant local community factors that could impact intervention development
  • Proposing ways to address the limitations of surveillance and data collection systems in these rural areas
  • Identifying promising evidence-based interventions and other known models which may be feasible and appropriate for the areas under study
  • Identifying and proposing ways to address gaps in the local services and resources
  • Accessing and utilizing, where feasible, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources, that can map local county-level risk patterns related to injection opioid drug use, infectious diseases (i.e. HCV and HIV), overdose data and related problems
  • Public or private institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations, other than federally recognized tribal governments
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations, other than institutions of higher education
  • City, county, and state governments, including special district governments and U.S. territories and possessions
  • Independent school districts
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Faith- and community-based organizations
Geographic coverage
Appalachian Region
Amount of funding

Award Ceiling: Up to $100,000
Number of Awards: 3-4
Total Funding Available: $500,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

Tagged as
Appalachia · HIV and AIDS · Illicit drug use · Research methods and resources · Alabama · Georgia · Kentucky · Maryland · Mississippi · New York · North Carolina · Ohio · Pennsylvania · South Carolina · Tennessee · Virginia · West Virginia

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