ncIMPACT to Host Final Forum on Results of Opioid Response Project

The School of Government’s ncIMPACT Initiative will host its fifth and final forum for its Opioid Response Project on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30 a.m. This virtual event is open to the public and will feature the ten participating groups in the project sharing various the strategies they deployed to mitigate the opioid epidemic in their respective communities.   

The School launched the program Opioid Response Project in 2018 and spent two years providing direct support to the communities working to enact an integrated and innovative policy and practice response to the opioid crisis sweeping across many areas of the state.  

The project engaged with communities ready to implement best practices and leveraged the collective impact model helped them respond together to the crisis.  

The ten communities who participated in the two-year project are: 

  • Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell, and Washington Counties; Office of the District Attorney and Chief District Court Judge in the NC 2nd Judicial District; Human services and law enforcement agencies from all five counties 
  • Cabarrus County 
  • Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville 
  • Durham County 
  • Forsyth County, including the City of Winston-Salem and the Town of Kernersville 
  • Greene, Lenoir, and Wayne Counties, including the NC 8th Judicial District  
  • Mecklenburg County 
  • Onslow County, including the City of Jacksonville 
  • Transylvania County  
  • Wilkes County, including the Town of Wilkesboro 

Each of these communities worked to develop cross-sector solutions to address the opioid crisis in their regions. They learned from each other’s successes and setbacks, and worked collectively to find solutions that could be applied across the stateAs the project concludes, its stakeholders want to will share the resources and practices they have found to be most effective in stemming the tide of the opioid crisis.  

Registration for the event is required to attend. The deadline to sign up for the forum is Tuesday, August 4. For more details, please view the agenda here. To learn more about the project and ask additional questions before the forum, contact Emily Gangi, policy engagement director for the School’s ncIMPACT Initiative, at 

The Opioid Response Project is coordinated by the ncIMPACT Initiative and produced in partnership with the generosity of Blue Cross NC.