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The Coast to Forest collaboration between the OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program and the OSU Center for Health Innovation works on mental health promotion and substance use prevention.

Our goals work to:

  • Improve mental health and well-being
  • Expand training tools and technical assistance through the OSU Extension Service and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Build capacity in rural Oregon to prevent and reduce opioid and stimulant use disorders and their consequences, and move people to recovery


The Coast to Forest initiative builds upon existing state and community strengths and resources. This includes a growing network of community health workers, radio stations covering communities' health and wellness, community-level partnerships and an expanding Mental Health First Aid network.

Coast to Forest also works in collaboration with Washington State University’s CROP + TR program to form the NW Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Collaborative which serves Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. For more information, please visit our website

Funding for the state and local initiatives was made available through the USDA and SAMHSA for land-grant universities like Oregon State University.