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E3.20 Public Health Opioid VISTA- St. Louis County, MN
St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services has taken the lead in addressing the opioid epidemic in northeastern Minnesota. With one of the highest rates of overdose and opioid related deaths, St. Louis County is working with multiple partners to create effective prevention models in rural and urban environments. The Opioid Reduction VISTA will work in close collaboration with public health, universities, regional alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs, and nonprofit community partners to reduce morbidity/mortality from the opioid crisis. The two main areas of focus for the Opioid Reduction VISTA are to expand efforts to collect and properly dispose of unused medication and to grow community education and awareness programs. Under the Statewide Health Improvement Program's Opioid Pilot Project, the VISTA member will increase community education & awareness on proper disposal of unused medication through identifying rural community events to partner with Take Back Events, collaborating with St. Louis County Environmental Services, identifying pharmacies in northeastern St. Louis County to promote disposal, and by increasing the number of drop off locations. Member capacity building for community education will include, presenting to local organizations about substance abuse issues- prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment options, and recovery efforts being worked on through collaborative groups. Education activities may also include: • Developing a student summit for local colleges and universities • Building continuing education for prescribers and providers • Partnering with local high schools in curriculum and program implementation to prevent substance abuse • Creating positive social norms messaging
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Member Duties : Education Educate the public on unused medication disposal and develop an implementation plan for collection. Increase community awareness of how and why to use drop boxes. Develop and Disseminate signs promoting drop box disposal use at pharmacies. Increase opportunities of unused medication disposal in rural St. Louis County Policy and Protocol Development Facilitate the completion of Naloxone Opioid Antagonist Protocols including attendance at Category 8 DHS State Targeted Response (STR) Grant Steering Committee meetings. Evaluation of community forum data- entering into spreadsheets and helping develop summaries. Grant Funding / Sustainability Plans Research funding opportunities for community coalitions and assist in grant applications. Forum planning Develop new and review existing planning and evaluation methods for future forums in St Louis and Carlton County and assist in conducting focus groups and assisting with data analysis.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Elder Care ,  Technology ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Children/Youth ,  Public Safety ,  Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Health . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Medicine ,  Public Health ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Veterans ,  Counseling ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  First Aid ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Public Speaking ,  Youth Development ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
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E3.20 Public Health Opioid VISTA- St. Louis County, MN

Program Start/End Date
06/08/2020  -   06/07/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  02/11/2020  To  05/15/2020 

Contact Jodi Slick
2014 W Superior St
Duluth   MN   55806
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 93691