In 2017, Indiana University, in cooperation with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and community partners, launched Indiana University’s third Grand Challenge, “Responding to the Addictions Crisis,” to advance interdisciplinary research and accelerate innovation to address the nation’s substance abuse crisis.

The goal of the Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis project “is to increase the number of Indiana University (IU) students who are prepared to use a systems approach to working within and across professions and sectors to recognize and address opioid addiction and overdose through prevention, treatment and harm reduction, appropriate referral, and effective pain management.”

This led to the launch of the Leveraging Interprofessional Education to Improve Training for Future Health Professionals project.