The Addiction Medicine Community Engagement Project is a partnership of six individuals living in northwest rural Iowa, established via a contract with PCORI as part of the Pipeline to Proposal awards program.
The purpose of this partnership is to improve the lives of those suffering from the disease of addiction in rural populations, by building infrastructure and partnerships with the capacity to develop high-quality patient-centered research.
The six individuals in this partnership are patients, clinicians, family members of patients, and other stakeholders, each personally affected by the health consequences of the disease of addiction and by the challenges faced in getting high-quality care living in a rural community.
This is not a group of individuals seeking out a problem they can solve using research, for the sake of doing research together. Rather, this is a group of individuals who are personally living with a problem, and they are seeking to solve this problem by creating research.
Our project seeks to address the increasing epidemic of prescription pain pill addiction in our rural community by finding ways to improve accessibility to effective, practical treatment options, such as improving access to office-based medication assisted treatment.
Our goal is to develop comparative effectiveness research to help those affected by addiction make informed decisions about how to obtain the treatment they need and overcome the obstacles they face in order to achieve recovery and restore health.