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September 29, 2017 : COMMUNITY FEEDBACK NEEDED: OUC students develop survey for Heroin Partnership Project


YOUR FEEDBACK NEEDED: Community Survey on Heroin Partnership Project now available


The students in the OUC SAM 4700 Strategic Management course have partnered with the Heroin Partnership Project (HPP) to create a Community Awareness Survey. We would like you to be a part of this survey to assist the HPP coalition efforts in combating the heroin epidemic in Ross County.  


Please use the following url to complete the survey:


Even if you are unfamiliar with the HPP, your participation in this short survey is valuable to assist with the learning opportunities for the students as well as the HPP’s battle to combat the opiate addiction and overdoes death crisis in our community. We sincerely appreciate your time and feedback.



  1. In 2016, unintentional drug overdoses caused the deaths of 4,050 Ohio residents, a 32.8 percent increase compared to 2015 when there were 3,050 overdose deaths.

  2. Fentanyl and related drugs were involved in 58.2 percent (2,357) of all unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2016. By comparison, fentanyl was involved in 37.9 percent (1,155) in 2015, 19.9 percent (503) in 2014, 4.0 percent (84) in 2013, and 3.9 percent (75) in 2012.

  3. With the emergence of carfentanil in 2016, the fentanyl-related drug was involved in 340 overdose deaths, most of them during the second half of the year. For males and females respectively, the largest number of fentanyl and related drug overdose deaths were among the 25-34 age group (please help us save this generation).


OUC students help develop survey for Heroin Partnership Project


Students in the Applied Management program at Ohio University Chillicothe are taking an active role in helping shape the response to the opioid epidemic in Ross County through a unique endeavor with the Heroin Partnership Project (HPP).


Over the course of the summer semester, six students in the Strategic Management class have worked side by side with representatives from the Ross County Health Department and Chillicothe Police Department to develop a community perception survey for the HPP.


This survey, consisting of 10 questions developed by the class, will gauge the effectiveness of the program thus far and will help to shape the HPP going forward in order to ensure a successful endeavor.


Tanya Hire, Assistant Professor in the Applied Management program at OUC, explained that the partnership grew from a need for the HPP to assess what the community’s perception of the organization is currently, before implementing new practices or services.


Using the partnership between the two entities, OUC students like Annette Hatfield and Theresa Martin, Criminal Justice majors who will graduate in the Fall, gain valuable experience for their future jobs and are able to give back to their community to help effect positive change.


“We just want to better our communities, even though we don’t live in Ross County, it still affects us,” said Hatfield, who is a Jackson, Ohio resident. “The work on this project gives us a better insight on what to look for, what to expect and how to get people the help they need.”


Because of the course work in the Law Enforcement Technology and Criminal Justice programs, both Hatfield and Martin have been exposed to the concepts of addiction and the challenges that it imposes on communities, which is why they asked for special permission to join the Strategic Management class.


Through the process of developing questions for the survey and determining the software, Hire noted that the class came together as a working group and has gained invaluable and practical experience in understanding the workings and market of nonprofit organizations.


“This project is like a springboard for the students,” said Melanie Oiler, Ross County Health District coordinator for the injury prevention program. “It provides an opportunity for them to see what they’re working on and how that has an effect on the community. I think this has been an awesome idea and I hope this is just the beginning.”


Applied Management students Taylor Hatfield and Casey Zupi, both Ross County residents, discussed the impact that their work on the HPP project has had on them.


“I attended one of the HPP meetings as a part of this class and it was really inspiring to see the initiatives that are being taken to really try to help the community,” said Hatfield. “There’s so much collaboration going on that you really don’t know about from the outside. Hopefully this survey will help give the community a better understanding of what is being done here.”


Zupi highlighted the lessons he’s learned from the project saying, “teamwork has been instrumental. Building the survey wasn’t just a single person, we’ve all been contributing, staying after class and helping one another, and that’s been a crucial part of this survey – working as a team.”


He underscored that applying all they’ve learned in the process can help when they go out into the workforce to get a job. “There’s a lot of advantages to take away from this and it’s been great to experience this and hopefully, after we give out the survey, we can get more details and continue helping people out.”


The valuable lessons learned from the class not only included insight into their futures in business, but also the somewhat unwritten rules of involvement in project management like attending meetings and collaborating with other entities for a common end result.


All six students, as well as Professor Hire and Melanie, emphasized the important work this project entails in ultimately benefitting the Ross County community. Hire hopes that this working relationship continues in the future with other classes to work through the HPP’s vision, mission and goals to ensure success in their initiatives.


The community perception survey is expected to be released in early Fall for the Ohio University Chillicothe campus community.


For more information on the Heroin Partnership Project, visit