Columbus, OH,
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OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship Receives Grant to Help Battle Addiction

MM - Grant Addiction Medicine Grant

In its inaugural year, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center's Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, led by its program director, Krisanna Deppen, MD, became the recipient of a $3 million Health Research Services Administration (HRSA) federal grant ($600,000 per year for 5 years.)

Grant's addiction medicine fellowship program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), was one of only 44 fellowship programs out of the 90 in the US recognized to receive part of the $20.3 million dollars allocated by HRSA. The purpose of the grant is to address the addiction or substance use disorder epidemic by increasing the number of trained fellows at accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship programs to serve and treat an estimated 20.7 million Americans with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). There are too few physicians and other clinicians with the training to prevent, diagnose, and treat addiction, a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease.

The disparity in addiction medicine trained physicians contributes to the grim statistics that only 10 percent or fewer individuals receive treatment. The grant funds will be used to directly support this diverse and exceptional one year addiction medicine fellowship. This HRSA grant will allow GMC addiction medicine fellowship program to fully support up to three fellows, fellowship faculty and provide evidence-based curriculum. This will allow fellows to receive training to provide care in the hospital inpatient setting, outpatient and emergency department care as well as in community agencies serving pregnant mothers and their children and medically underserved populations.

The Grant addiction medicine fellowship is recognized as one of the best fellowship programs in the country to help address the opioid epidemic. The grant writing team of Vinayak Shukla, MD, Paula Kobelt, DNP, RN-BC, Debbie Catri, PhD; with Lyen Djakov, M.Ed., C.A. and Joshua Massie, BS, from the OhioHealth Research Institute, have more to celebrate as Grant Medical Center was not only awarded its full request of $3 million dollars in funding, but also earned an extremely rare perfect score of 100 percent on the submitted federal funding application. Debbie Catri, PhD who provides years of expertise, leadership and stellar experience of winning federal grants, acknowledged earning a perfect score on a HRSA grant as a career highlight! Dr. Shukla, the HRSA Fellowship grant director shared, this grant is a result of the hard work and sincerity of a passionate team striving for excellence. This grant will allow our addiction medicine fellowship program to set high standards in the field of addiction medicine pedagogy.

The team would like to thank Jodi Carlson, fellowship program consultant for her expertise in fellowship administration and for contributions to the success of the grant application.

The following week this same team was awarded an additional $60,000 grant from Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to continue funding the work of care managers/social workers in the emergency department to increase access to medication assisted treatment, specifically buprenorphine to individuals with opioid use disorder and then provide a warm linkage to follow up treatment. Grant was also awarded OhioMHAS funding of $60,000 in September 2019. The ED team and leadership appreciates this funding to expedite the care of patients with OUD and collaboration with the Addiction Medicine Team.