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Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities

Posted 11/25/2019 (updated 1/9/2020)

Around 2013 the opioid epidemic took shape as a public health crisis, and nowhere has that crisis been more evident than in our rural communities. The crisis has been manifesting in soaring rates for opioid use disorder and overdose deaths that have affected every aspect of life in so many communities in rural America. An especially hard-hit population is pregnant and parenting women with opioid disorder and their infants. Rates have significantly increased in the states for infants affected with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) with soaring Medicaid costs to treat the infants, many of whom are born in rural hospital settings.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Explore best practices in the continuum of care and care coordination for pregnant/parenting women with OUD and their infants (mother and baby dyad)
  • Improve access to care for the mother and baby dyad in rural communities
  • Learn about a telehealth innovation:
    • A mobile application that can provide evidence-based information for front line practitioners for the diagnosis and treatment of NOWS in nurseries and neonatal intensive care units. Explore how in real time clinicians can deliver optimal care to every mother and baby dyad, and promote optimal outcomes.