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Reducing Overdose through Community Approaches (ROCA) Mentorship Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

National Association of County and City Health Officials
Dec 5, 2022

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will provide a funding opportunity that pairs mentor local health departments (LHDs) with experience in overdose prevention with mentee LHDs that are looking to build capacity.

The program is designed to:

  • Pair LHDs that have experience in advancing their ACEs, substance use, and overdose prevention programs in key strategy areas with peer LHDs interested in receiving assistance, guidance, tools, and resources to help strengthen their jurisdiction's capacity
  • Provide bi-directional learning to share strategies and tools that can be integrated into prevention and response efforts
  • Establish a network of LHDs from across the country to be a resource for continuous learning and connection around substance use and overdose prevention both during and following the project period

Strategies areas include:

  1. Overdose Prevention and Response for LHDs with interest in strengthening capacity to equitably implement initiatives, programs, and services that address their local community's burden of drug overdose
  2. Intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use for LHDs with interest in strengthening capacity to equitably implement initiatives, programs, and services that prevent substance use disorders and overdose, including evidence-based strategies for upstream prevention and mitigation of ACEs. LHDs interested in this track will use a multigenerational approach, working to decrease substance use, SUD, and overdose while simultaneously preventing ACEs in children and youth.

Technical assistance will build capacity to:

  • Assess local context and needs
  • Design a work plan for prevention and response efforts that integrates health equity concepts and methodologies
  • Implement the work plan and plan for longer term sustainability

Local public health departments in urban, suburban, and rural areas are eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: Up to $150,000 for mentees and up to $125,000 for mentors
Project period: February - July 31, 2023
Estimated number of mentees selected: 25

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application are available on the program website.

For mentees:

For mentors:

Tagged as
Children and youth · Families · Health workforce education and training · Illicit drug use · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug misuse · Public health · Social determinants of health · Substance use and misuse · Sustainability of programs · Trauma-informed care

Organizations (1)

  • National Association of County and City Health Officials, view details

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