About Us

Our Mission

Change the Outcome provides focused learning opportunities for young adults and communities that will educate them on important aspects of opioid/substance use and the disease of addiction. 

Who We Are

Change the Outcome is a 501(c)3 non-profit (EIN # 82-3590320) established in July, 2017. We work to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and the opioid/overdose epidemic to reduce stigma, shame and judgement. Using our unique and powerful methods, we provide audiences with vital information about:

  • Current drug trends and novelty drugs
  • Risks associated with legitimately prescribed medications
  • The role of predisposition in developing substance use disorder
  • The importance of self-advocating
  • Alternatives to opioids for pain relief
  • Recognizing an overdose
  • Steve’s Law
  • The use of Naloxone/Narcan to save lives
  • Tools for safe disposal of unused medications
  • How to support those struggling with substance use disorder

Our Methods

Our model is simple but unique and effective. First, audiences watch a newly-created documentary shot, directed, and produced in Minnesota about the opioid epidemic. Afterwards, Change the Outcome provides a “panel” to answer questions and talk about issues surrounding opioid use.

Our film is 40 minutes long. Our panels are conversational in nature, aimed to engage audience members with personal stories and Q&A. In total, our program requires a minimum commitment of 90 minutes.

Our panels usually include 2 young people in recovery, a family member who has been impacted by a loved ones addiction, and sometimes a local drug task force professional. We do not lecture, but instead facilitate an honest exchange of truthful information using personal experiences and current data from the MN Dept of Health, BCA, CDC, SAMSHA, and other agencies dedicated to fighting the opioid/substance use epidemic.

We receive wonderful feedback from our community partners, but it’s important to us that our program is impactful and educational. We ask all schools to have students complete an anonymous SurveyMonkey survey before and after the program. This allows each school to measure the effectiveness and value of the program to their students.

Meeting Your School’s Needs

While it would be simple to provide a “standard” program, our goal is to reach young adults and communities in the most impactful and informative way possible. What works well for one school or community group may not work well for another. We’re flexible in how we deliver our program, but we have certain minimum requirements.

Our program requires at least 90 minutes to complete. This requirement is based on research from our past visits: 85% of people who attended a Change the Outcome event say that having both the film and panel discussion is the most effective way to deliver our message.

In some cases, schools view our documentary in small classroom settings and conduct the follow-up panel discussions with a larger group. Others show the film in an auditorium setting and host panels in smaller settings. We work with each collaborator to bring the program that fits the constraints of your audience and schedule.

If you’d like Change the Outcome to visit your school or community, request a visit today.

Our Work

Since November, 2017 we’ve spoken with over 40,000 students, educators, parents, and community members. We’ve presented to schools, faith communities, and parent and business organizations. The information in our program is as critical for parents as it is for young adults.

Change the Outcome works with collaborators across the state. We’ve delivered our program to audiences in:

  • Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
  • Bemidji
  • Bloomington
  • Cloquet
  • Duluth
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edgerton
  • Elk River
  • Faribault
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Lewiston-Altura
  • Little Falls
  • Maple Grove
  • Menahga
  • Minnetonka
  • Montevideo
  • Mound-WestTonka
  • New Hope
  • Prior Lake
  • Proctor
  • St. Cloud
  • Shakopee
  • Shorewood
  • Southridge
  • Wadena
  • Wayzata

Our program is gaining momentum! We’re proud to say that our impact is expanding across the state. We look forward to working with more communities to Change the Outcome.

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