Kari Earle has 30 years of clinical, management, and consulting experience in the public and private sectors delivering outcome-driven policy to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. She has worked with states, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofits all over the country to help identify and apply multi-system collaborative solutions to challenging health and human service problems impacting the most vulnerable and underserved people in their communities. Based in Reno, NV, Kari serves as a Technical Expert Lead, providing training, technical assistance, and coaching to federal grantees and their multi-system consortia working in rural communities across the U.S. addressing the country’s opioid epidemic. Kari also serves as the Cohort Lead for RCORP grantees focused on reducing the incidence and impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in rural communities.
What I like about RCORP? “I enjoy working on RCORP for several reasons. It is a real gift to be part of such a thoughtful and diverse team of national experts who are sincerely invested in collaborating to help rural communities move the needle on this nation’s opioid epidemic and its related public and behavioral health issues. We learn such rich lessons from the grantees we support about how they are approaching this daunting problem with very creative solutions. In turn, we can use those lessons to inform important and much-needed policy change through our excellent relationship with our federal client and partner (HRSA). I am proudest of the successes that our technical assistance helps grantees realize – especially those in the NAS cohort that I have the privilege to support. On a weekly basis, I hear such inspiring examples of how their efforts are making a transformational difference that will impact health and birth outcomes now and for future generations.”
With a deep and longstanding passion for issues related to women, children, and families, Kari has devoted her career to strengthening the systems, policies, and practices that promote healthy and connected families and is a subject matter expert on family-centered treatment, substance use disorder in pregnancy, and children impacted by intrauterine substance exposure. Kari received her Master of Education degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Arizona. She has served as a Coach and Executive Advisor for the SAMHSA-sponsored Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute and has received awards for her work on behalf of vulnerable populations. Kari finds long walks and gardening to be the ultimate stress relief – especially during pandemics.