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EMPOWER: A Community-Based Approach to Improve Care for Women and Newborns Affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder

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Clinical and Medical Social Work | Library and Information Science | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Nursing | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing | Public Health | Public Health and Community Nursing | Substance Abuse and Addiction


New England has the second highest rate of prenatal opioid exposure in the country. This population of women and children is particularly vulnerable and requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach in order to overcome barriers to care and support good outcomes. This webinar will describe how one rural community collaborated to create a screening, referral and support program called EMPOWER (Engaging Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Early Referrals). Learn how this innovative approach helps support women and improve outcomes by identifying and addressing barriers to care for patients, health care providers and their community.

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Participants will:

  1. Recognize how prenatal opioid exposure affects the health and wellness of women and their newborns.
  2. Identify effective strategies to address barriers to care for women and newborns affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  3. Understand the benefits of utilizing a comprehensive, community-based approach to improve outcomes.


opioids, addiction, overdose, opioid crisis, perinatal substance use disorder

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