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Through a collaborative effort led by the Healthy Community Coalition, the multi-sector Rural Addiction Care Expansion (R.A.C.E.) to Recovery initiative consortium is utilizing evidence-based, community-wide response to impact and reduce the effects of the opioid epidemic in the Western Maine Public Health District/ Greater Franklin County. To assess and evaluate the implementation, successes, and challenges of the RACE to Recovery project, the Cutler Institute is collecting and analyzing data for both process and outcomes of the initiative.

In the first year of the initiative, the Cutler evaluation team utilized both primary and secondary data to assess RACE to Recovery program implementation efforts, document project milestones, as well as examine programmatic successes and challenges. Data gathered in Year One included consortium and partner assessments, patient interviews, and administrative data.

For more information, please contact M.Lindsey Smith, PhD, at


Support is provided by the Health Resources & Services Administration, Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

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