One of the issues that further contributes to making the opioid epidemic problematic is the lack of treatment options for individuals who live in rural areas. In 2016, AHRQ invested in a grant initiative, Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Abuse in Rural Primary Care Practices, in order to help rural primary care practices deliver medication-assisted treatment (MAT). AHRQ awarded grants to the following States:
The Academy Portal highlights the accomplishments of each of the Primary Care MAT Grantees. The portal subpages offer information about the various projects and interventions in progress.
AHRQ Primary Care MAT grantees are working in their rural communities to increase access to MAT for opioid use disorder and to offer support to providers in rural communities. Dissemination is important to help keep grantees’ evolving work visible and to show that new providers are implementing MAT in their communities. The “How AHRQ Grantees Make Work Visible Through Effective Dissemination” is a helpful resource for interested MAT programs to understand various dissemination strategies for sharing early findings and experience.