Project ECHO: Continuity of Care For Substance Use and Exposure During the Perinatal Period

Program Description:

Through the generous support from HRSA and the Maine AHEC Network at UNE, this program seeks to address care management for some of the special populations affected by substance use throughout Northern New England. This program will give an overview of evidence informed tools to care for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their newborns to family medicine, obstetric, pediatric and addiction medicine providers. At the end of this program, participants should have a clear understanding of current evidence informed guidelines for care for mothers and their newborns. The program will identify strategies, best practices, resources, and emerging topics in this field.

Learning objectives:

This program will increase the capacity and competence of providers and practice teams caring for women with substance use during pregnancy and newborn infants exposed to substances.

The program will employ strategies that:

  • Increase participant understanding of the extent of substance use during pregnancy throughout Northern New England;
  • Outline how to identify potential substance use problems using screening protocols during pregnancy;
  • Highlight best practices and evidence-based care for women with substance use during pregnancy and newborn infants exposed to substances;
  • Help support and facilitate collaboration to ensure the continuity of care for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their newborns throughout the perinatal period;
  • Establish cultural changes to reduce stigma of mental health and substance use disorders;

Intended Audience:

A cohort of practice teams, including Family Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric, Social Work, Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine providers throughout Northern New England who treat pregnant women with substance use disorders and newborn infants exposed to substances, with key support services in their medical neighborhood (e.g., peer recovery & support).

Funder Acknowledgement:

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D06RH31043 Rural Health Network Development Program and the Maine AHEC Network at UNE.