The Foundation held a webinar introducing FORE and answering questions regarding the RFP on August 1, 2019. The slide deck and FAQ are available for download. Please click below to view the recorded webinar.






We have an ambitious vision, to inspire and accelerate action to end the opioid epidemic.


Founded in 2018, the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) was established to focus on one urgent public health crisis – the opioid epidemic.

Now more than ever, it is critical for us to think creatively, test new approaches and enhance and expand programs proven to reduce opioid abuse. We are committed to convening and supporting partners advancing patient-centered, evidence-based solutions addressing the opioid epidemic.

With patients at the center, we are focused on supporting programs and grants in four key areas: provider education, payer strategies, policy initiatives and public awareness.

We welcome the opportunity to explore partnerships and collaborate with all who are dedicated to furthering our goal of accelerating solutions to end this crisis.



FORE Leadership


Dr. Andrea Barthwell, M.D., F.A.S.A.M
Chair of the Board of Directors

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is the founding Chair of the Board for the Foundation for Opioid Effort (FORE). She also is the Founder of Encounter Medical Group, P.C., which manages and consults through the global health care policy firm EMGlobal, and is Director at Two Dreams, a comprehensive alcoholism and addiction treatment system.

Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2004, where she was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs.

In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. She was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.


Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH

Dr. Karen Scott is the President of the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE). Dr. Scott has over 20 years of experience in healthcare policy, quality improvement, health services research, and public health.

She has worked with public health and delivery system leaders to redesign care and promote health equity and population health improvement. Dr. Scott’s previous roles include senior leadership positions at The Commonwealth Fund, NYC Health and Hospitals and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She served as Chief Medical Officer in the Office of Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


FORE was started with an initial donation from the McKesson Corporation.


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