Healthy Moms, Healthy Communities: Understanding Perceptions and Evaluating Maternal Opioid Treatment in Muncie

In the United States, opioid prescriptions and subsequent use are on the rise, particularly among pregnant women. Opioid-addicted women, however, face numerous obstacles in receiving care. These obstacles are shaped by cultural and environmental factors surrounding them, such as access to transportation and community-wide stigma that often exacerbates addiction. In this immersive learning project, students worked with the Suzanne Gresham Center to learn about the opioid epidemic in the Muncie community. Students conducted interviews with community members, learned how to analyze qualitative data, and developed an educational product that provides the community information on the opioid epidemic among pregnant women in Muncie.

Faculty Mentors: Caitlyn Leonardson-Placek, Jennifer Wies, Jean Marie Place
Department: Anthropology, Nutrition and Health Science
Community Partner: Suzanne Gresham Center
Students: Kendall Brophy, Lydia Egan, Genevieve George, Gwyneth Harris, Sage Hatcher, Shelbie Hathaway, Natalie Hudanick, Alejandra Ibarra, Courtney Johnson,
Mikayla Kauffman, Kathryn Loving, Dana Northam, Victoria Petriskey,
Rhyan Radabaugh, Wambui Watene, Mia Williams, Anuoluwapo Adeboje, Kyle Basicker, Beau Carpenter, Grant Coil, Lauren Cooper, Jacob Dragt, Amanda Gray, Maurita Greene, Helen Helfer, Kahleigha Johnson, Charlee Krugler, Jacob Mccoy, Erin Miller, Jala Miller, Sarah Mueller, Brittany Novak, Katherine Porter, Olivia Porter, Emily Riordan, Payton Sanders, Kayla Scott, Erin Simons, Alexus Sturdivant, Kimiko Thomas, Destony Warner, Raeshawn Weeks,

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