By Tamas Mondovics

A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition, a local organization that works to create a positive environment for young people by providing positive youth development activities, will be hosting its first evening Community ACTION meeting.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, will be the first quarterly evening community meeting, at the First Christian Church Life Center from 6-8p.m to provide the community with information.
“Our goal is to get more parents and students and community members involved in the work of the coalition and to gain their insight and input as to how we can best serve our community needs in regard to Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and the ongoing fight against the opioids crisis in our region,” said A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition, Executive Director Trish Burchette.
The Rural Opioids Response Program grantees from Ballad Heath are partnering with ACTION for this first meeting, which is said to begin by providing some general information about how ACTION, located at 138 East Main Street in Mountain City, TN is working in the community at this time and the services we are offering for Johnson County.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to meet with the Rural Communities Opioids Response Program grantees as they seek input from our community as to how this grant funding could help as outlined below,” Burchette said.
Attendees will enjoy some refreshments, and we will have time for questions and concerns to address.
The Rural Communities Opioids Response Program grantees are promising a well-rounded discussion during its portion of the informative meeting for the entire community with the goal of accomplishing a number of main objectives.

Such objectives include:
1. Gain community input on the opioids crisis and identify opportunities and gaps in Opioids Use Disorder (OUD) prevention, treatment (including Medication Assisted Treatment, MAT), and or recovery workforce, services, and access to care.
2. Use the information gained from these meetings to determine what existing federal, state, and local Opioids Use Disorder (OUD) resources could be leveraged within the rural community along with what new ones should be evaluated in the strategic planning process.
3. Overview of the project, a summary of why community input is being sought, education on some statistics of the opioids problem in this area, and education concerning common myths around Opioids Use Disorder (OUD).
4. Identify two goals to combat the morbidity and mortality of opioids use disorder in Johnson County/identify two initiatives per goal/identify 2 action items per initiative/identify resources needed/identify general feelings surrounding MAT
All community members who are interested in the opioids epidemic are urged to attend.
“ACTION Coalition and members of the Rural Communities Opioids Response Program grantees want to learn from the community,” Burchette said. “Any level of participation is appreciated and voluntary.”
For more information, please visit www.actioncoalition.org.