Helping patients by helping providers.
UVM CORA’s mission is to expand addiction-treatment capacity in HRSA-designated rural counties by providing consultation, resources, training, and evidence-based technical assistance to healthcare providers and other staff.
STATS AT A GLANCE
The current U.S. opioid epidemic represents one of the most devastating public health crises of our time, and is ravaging rural counties in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Despite the proven efficacy of Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) for reducing opioid-related illness and death, rural communities struggle with a persistent shortage of Buprenorphine (BUP) or methadone treatment availability.
HELPING PATIENTS BY HELPING PROVIDERS
What We Do
UVM CORA leverages innovative technology and telehealth strategies to deliver support to providers in rural counties. Our patient-focused approaches are sensitive to the demographics and needs of rural populations, which have been disproportionately impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We are structured with four Cores to provide specialized expertise. Learn more about each Core below:
Surveillance & Evaluation
Uses epidemiological methodologies to identify current and future addiction treatment needs and barriers in rural counties with direct input from providers, clinicians, patients, families, and policymakers.
Offers ongoing in-person and remote support in the implementation and use of scientifically supported assessments and interventions. Provides further training in new or expanded models of care and treatment.
Clinical & Translational
Serves as a liaison between CORA and rural providers and offers expertise and consultation in evidence-based treatment and patient-centered care coordination.
Education & Outreach
Develops and disseminates resources on effective treatment and prevention approaches through multiple portals: a learning collaborative for providers; a community rounds workshop series; a best-practices training scholarship program for providers; and, community-wide webinars.
MENU OF SERVICES
Resources & Provider Tools
The UVM Center on Rural Addiction provides a range of hardware, software, technical and clinical assistance to rural providers—free of charge. What’s more, UVM CORA faculty, clinical experts and center staff will bring these resources, and hands-on training, directly to you.
Biochemical monitoring is the most effective method for evaluating recent drug use and treatment progress. We will provide the handheld monitors, immunoassays, software and ongoing support in their use.
This category of screening and assessment tools are vital to efficiently identifying your patients’ treatment needs and progress. We will provide assessments via paper, iPad and/or web-based platforms—along with the training and ongoing support in their use.
Pharmacotherapy is the most effective treatment for many substance use disorders. We will provide consultant and hands-on assistance with a wide range of evidence-based pharmacotherapies, as well as innovative hardware and software to support successful delivery by providers and adherence by patients.