North Carolina Local Governments and the Opioid Crisis: A Collective Impact Approach to Making Policy and Changing Lives


Opioid Response Project Teams in NC - ncIMPACT Initiative 


To achieve the collaborative, multi-faceted approach so crucial to tackling the opioid crisis in North Carolina, the UNC School of Government launched an intensive two-year collaborative learning model providing direct support to ten North Carolina communities working to enact an integrated and innovative policy and practice response to their local opioid crises.


This project, which is coordinated by the School’s ncIMPACT initiative, complements health and policy efforts at the state and local levels by working with communities that are ready to implement best practices. Local governments are the front lines of policy implementation. Using the team-oriented approach described, this project builds upon previous and ongoing efforts “to get arms around” the opioid crisis.


This program is produced in partnership with the generosity of Blue Cross NC. For more information about this partnership, click here.


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