IHC leads two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Programs (RCORP) committed to strengthening and expanding prevention, treatment, and recovery services to address behavioral health, substance, and opioid use disorders in high-risk rural Iowa communities.

THE Marion County Goal Consortium (Guiding Opioid Awareness Locally)

This RCORP Implementation III project is comprised of a multi-sector consortium in Marion County, Iowa aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) through the implementation of a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities.



This RCORP Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health project aims to establish and expand sustainable behavioral healthcare services for children and adolescents aged 5-17 years and to prevent substance misuse. IHC works alongside Carroll County community partners to achieve the overarching areas of support below.

Areas of Support:

  • Establish new behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery services for children and adolescents aged 5-17 years.
  • Improve the capacity of rural health care providers, non-clinical staff and community members to care for and support children and adolescents with behavioral health needs through providing training and peer mentorship opportunities.
  • Build community partnerships to ensure children and adolescents, and their families, have access to community resources and human services that support prevention of, treatment of, and recovery from behavioral health disorders.


“Partnering with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has been instrumental in the success Lucas County Health Center has seen with improving healthcare and quality outcomes. Our work with IHC on the Improving Detection of Undiagnosed Hypertension (HTN) project has improved patient screenings, follow up care, increased clinical pharmacy utilization, and other services that focus on detection of HTN and care for patients.  

The assistance IHC provided our facility with the RCORP that addresses barriers to treatment for SUD including OUDs has made a significant impact. As we often see substance use and mental health disorders co-occur, the IHC team graciously expanded their support to include tools and assistance with implementing new processes for depression screenings. Our providers and staff are prioritizing supportive conversations around substance misuse and depression and are connecting individuals to necessary resources. We are better equipped now to provide improved patient care, thanks to all the help from IHC. 

The IHC team are dedicated professionals who demonstrate a true compassion for the work they do providing guidance and support for improving patient care and outcomes. We appreciate the work IHC does and look forward to a continued relationship focusing on improving quality of care.”

- Amy McCurdy, Chief Clinical Officer, Lucas County Health Center

Project Staff

Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES
Director, Community Quality Initiatives
E-mail: seddonc@ihconline.org

Jennifer Barber, MSM, IADC
Community Health Improvement Consultant
E-mail: barberj@ihconline.org