About this event
Join Philanthropy Northwest for a virtual convening of rural funders from across the country to discuss topics and learn best practices alongside peers who serve rural communities. The discussion topic for December is addressing substance use in rural communities.
When asked about the “most serious” problem facing their rural communities, a national sample of rural residents listed opioid and other drug addiction as their top issue, with only local economic issues at a similar level of concern. In the same survey, 49% of rural residents indicated they personally knew someone who was suffering from opiod addiction. Coupled with consistently higher rates of smoking, binge drinking and youth alcohol use, as well as a renewed presence of methamphetamine, rural communities are often struggling with where to turn for help with substance abuse advice and support. Join us as we hear from national and regional funding, technical assistance and research organizations about opportunities for funders to engage or replicate on behalf of their own rural communities.
Dr. Ernie Fletcher and Nate Conklin from The Fletcher Group- A HRSA supported National Rural Center of Excellence for Recovery Housing.
Kameshwari Aysola, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Rural Funder Series Overview
Philanthropy Northwest is partnering with Allen Smart of Philanthropy Worx to present this Rural Funder Series. In 2021, we will co-facilitate a series of six sessions where we will explore issues relevant to rural funders.
Please contact Sharayah Lane with any questions.