Together we can heal our communities

The HEALing Communities Study

Scientists from the nation’s leading health agencies and four major academic institutions are partnering with communities in four states to test a set of interventions to combat the opioid crisis. The ambitious HEALing Communities Study aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over 3 years in participating communities. Technical details and specifics about the study design and how intervention success will be evaluated can be found here.

Research grant awards were issued to the University of Kentucky in Lexington; Boston Medical Center in Boston; Columbia University in New York City; and The Ohio State University in Columbus. The HEALing Communities Study is a multiyear study under a cooperative agreement supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The study is being carried out in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM, a bold effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

To learn more, visit: HEALing Communities Study

Study Sites

Learn more and find resources for participating states and communities below.

Coronavirus Response

Local Opioid Crisis Resources

To find local resources about the opioid crisis, please visit your community’s page using the links in the menu bar at the bottom of this page.

National Health Resources

Click on the following links to find resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) to help individuals, people with substance use disorders and in recovery, providers, the justice system, communities, and states across the country:

The HEALing Communities Study is committed to racial equity.