The CoP-RCORP Consortia originally came together when Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) each submitted and received a $200,000 grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help communities in the planning phase of the HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. Ohio University’s funded proposal included Fairfield and Ashtabula Counties, who have worked with both PIRE and OU on other projects; PIRE’s funded proposal included Sandusky County and Washington, a County new to working with the PIRE-OU collaboration. CoP-RCORP was officially formed when both proposals were funded in 2018 and the initiative was able to use a shared services approach to include and support a fifth community, Seneca County. This approach was possible because OU and PIRE have a long-standing partnership that allows both organizations to work closely together on community-focused projects. The history of working together brought to light the fact that community members learn best from shared experiences. Therefore, to make the most of existing relationships with community collaborators for this initiative, PIRE and OU work with project directors from each community to form a master consortium that provides leadership and management oversight for project activities. Each community then also has a community-specific consortia that leads project activities within the five Ohio communities. With the award of an additional $1 million each, CoP-RCORP will continue in the implementation phase of the HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.