Iowa has one of the highest per capita rates of people seeking treatment for addiction, but is one of only nine U.S. states without a Recovery Community Center network to provide non-medical, non-clinical recovery support including housing, workforce training, and peer coaching. In partnership with Iowa’s Substance Use Bureau, this project worked to identify communities ready and able to develop Recovery Community Centers by cataloging, webscraping, spatially mapping, and improving awareness of existing statewide recovery resources, including transitional housing, residential and nonresidential treatment centers, drinking driver education classes, gambling treatment centers, and access to virtual and place-based substance use meetings.

Teaser Video:

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Atefeh Rajabalizadeh

Atefeh Rajabalizadeh

Graduate Student, Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University


Jessie Bustin

Jessie Bustin

Undergraduate Student, Data Science & Statistics, Iowa State University

Grant David Durbahn

Grant Durbahn

Recent Undergraduate/Incoming Graduate Student, Economics, Iowa State University

Vikram Magal

Vikram Magal

Undergraduate Student, Management of Information Systems & Business Analytics, Iowa State University


Shawn F. Dorius

Associate Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University

Cassandra J. Dorius

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University


Iowa Department of Public Health Substance Use Bureau

Program Support:

Kelsey Van Selous, MSW, LCSW

Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University