Project goals

Based on the data gathered and assessed through this collaboration, the WVU/Greater Morgantown Safe Communities Initiative has identified the following initial project goals:

  • Reduce high-risk drinking among WVU students and Greater Morgantown population and thereby reduce associated negative outcomes by informing and influencing the adoption of preventive state and community policies.
  • Increase prescription drug overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) within the West Virginia University and Greater Morgantown communities.
  • Reduce prescription opioid overdoses in Monongalia County through the administration of naloxone to overdose victims by first responders including police officers; clients and patients of day report centers and substance abuse treatment programs, and drug users’ family members, caregivers, and friends.
  • Increase the adoption of advanced computerized adaptive diagnostic screening testing for major depressive disorder and suicidality for students and emergency department and urgent care patients
  • Reduce suicides among WVU student population and the general population of Greater Morgantown Identified data characterizing the fatal and nonfatal injury experience for the WVU, Greater Morgantown, and Monongalia County communities will be monitored and used to evaluate the impact of the coalition-led initiatives outlined below.

Additional data sources will be sought to further characterize fatal and nonfatal injuries in the area. All WVU, Greater Morgantown, and Monongalia County related data will be assessed routinely in order to facilitate the evaluation of current coalition-led initiatives and the selective evaluation of other current injury initiatives such as those compiled below in Section 4 (Community Inventory of Safety and Injury Initiatives). As priorities are reevaluated, opportunities for developing new initiatives should emerge. The Safe Communities Initiative for WVU/Greater Morgantown is poised to continually improve the surveillance, assessment, prevention and evaluation activities currently underway as the result or the past 21 months’ effort by identifying individuals at high-risk through increased screening, referrals and treatment.