Welcome to the KY HCS Portal

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. 

Who We Are

The HEALing Communities Study is a multi-year 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, which provides support for many of the local prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to be studied.

Research grant awards were issued to the University of Kentucky in Lexington; Boston Medical Center in Boston; Columbia University in New York City; and Ohio State University in Columbus. These four sites are working with 67  towns and counties, with a total population of over 10 million people, to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Together we will be measuring the impact of integrating evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions across diverse settings in communities.  - To learn more visit: Healing Communities Study.


The HCS KY Dashboard displays data on the study's county opioid-related measures.

Click here to view the public dashboard.

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