Marshall University shared its comprehensive strategy aimed at transforming the region, particularly with regard to the opioid epidemic, with U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.); Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas; and U.S. Marshal of the Southern District of West Virginia Michael Baylous today during a series of meetings at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Flexible Manufacturing and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Jenkins, Thomas and Baylous met with university stakeholders and other community leaders about coordinated community efforts underway to respond to an all-inclusive spectrum of needs—from treatment to recovery to employment.
“What Marshall University, in particular, is doing by bringing together cross sections of the community and different sectors to address this issue is commendable,” Thomas said. “Marshall is playing a key role in bringing all parts of the community together to look at this very broad issue.”
Thomas said that the visit allows him and others to review the best practices in place in Huntington and at Marshall University that may be shared with others across the country.
Photo: U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.); Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas; and U.S. Marshal of the Southern District of West Virginia Michael Baylous meet with Marshall University faculty and staff as well as community leaders during a roundtable discussion in Huntington to share economic strategies aimed at transforming the region, particularly addressing issues with the opioid epidemic.