Perinatal Substance Use Conference Focuses on Innovative Care Approaches

On Sept. 28, IHA, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (IPQIC) hosted the Perinatal Substance Use: Supportive Care for Infants, Mothers and Staff Conference.

More than 160 attendees, including Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana state health commissioner, gathered to hear some of the foremost experts from around the country discuss innovative, supportive care approaches designed to improve outcomes for families and avoid staff burnout for those charged with caring for this vulnerable population. Faculty from Southern Ohio Medical Center, located at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, opened the conference by sharing how their team has addressed perinatal use from a hospital and community perspective and engaged staff. Dr. Matthew Grossman of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts shared results of his work using the “Eat, Sleep, Console” model to treat newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal. This alternative approach helped significantly reduce the length of hospitalization for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome in his study. Dr. Stefan Maxwell, past chair of the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, discussed his experiences developing procedures and protocols to address the perinatal substance use crisis in West Virginia, and Janine Breyel, director of the partnership’s Substance Use in Pregnancy initiatives, discussed how the partnership’s work has served as a model as Indiana develops its pilot process.

Thank you to the event’s lunch sponsors, Anthem and Managed Health Services.