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Rural Michigan Opioid and Substance Use Summit

Background & Objectives

The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) was awarded a Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Grant in FY 19, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The planning grant, and subsequent implementation grants, allow for the Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium (NMORC) to bring together 50 partners to address the opioid epidemic across a 25-county region in northern lower Michigan, including healthcare facilities, community mental health agencies, local public health agencies, prevention and harm organizations, counseling centers, treatment centers, recovery community resources, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.


In developing the project, the NMORC team discovered a need for coordinated activities to address prevention, treatment, and recovery across rural Michigan. To promote these coordinated activities, MCRH hosts the Rural Michigan Opioid and Substance Use Summit.


The objectives of this conference include:

1. To bring together rural programs addressing Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder.

2. To provide relevant education on topics related to Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder.

3. For rural programs to share their current projects and promote networking.

4. To develop collaborative program partnerships.


The Ripple Effect: Creating Positive Change, 2024 Rural Michigan Opioid & Substance Use Summit. July 25, 2024 Treetops Resort, Gaylord Michigan


Attendee Registration

Room Block Information - Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI - SOLD OUT

Please view the list below for alternate lodging options:

GAYLORD, Michigan Area Hotel Information:

  • Baymont Inn & Suites: 989.731.6331 ext. 1
  • Best Western Gaylord: 989.732.2200
  • Comfort / MainStay: 989.217.9700
  • Dixon Lake Resort: 989.732.2802
  • Fairfield Suites: 989.448.2967
  • Hampton Inn: 989.731.4000
  • Holiday Inn Express/Suites: 989.448.7373
  • Otsego Resort: 989.732.5181
  • Tru by Hilton: 989.217.5500

Partner Information

2024 Rural MI Opioid and Substance Use Summit Sponsor Prospectus

Partner Registration

Photo of Tory Werth and Joyce Fetrow after he won the Rural Recovery Hero Award

2023 Rural Recovery Hero Award

The Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium and the Michigan Center for Rural Health is proud to present the 2023 Rural Recovery Hero Award to Tory Werth.

Tory has worked in the Recovery field for many years, working tirelessly to support, educate, and promote Recovery. But he has also worked to build a Recovery Friendly Community outside of work.  Tory serves as the President of the Board of Community Recovery Alliance (CRA) and was part of the group of dedicated individuals that found start CRA. He took over the Presidents role in January of 2023. In addition, he is a Board Member for Recovery NOTES and Great Lakes ROTA-RC. He also leads the Recovery Dharma meetings in Petoskey and is a dedicated soccer dad. His work with these organizations creates fun opportunities for the recovery community, help reduce the stigma of recovery, and promote the overall Recovery Community in Northern Michigan. 



Michigan Center for Rural Health