East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has been awarded a prestigious national honor related to the institution’s efforts in battling the opioid epidemic ripping through the United States and hitting particularly hard in areas of Central Appalachia.
In April, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative recognized ETSU with the 2018 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration award. The award was given to the team at ETSU for its “innovative approach to community and public health practice” with an emphasis on addressing social determinants of health and health equity.
ETSU was recognized for its strong community focus on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse throughout East Tennessee and the region.
“ETSU’s dedicated and remarkable multi-year effort embodies a national model for how communities, campuses and providers can and should partner together to solve complex public health challenges,” said Rear Admiral Dr. Pamela M. Schweitzer of the U.S. Public Health Service. “Through collective action and meaningful collaboration, we can better promote and advance the health and safety of our nation.”