NORTH HAVEN – Quinnipiac University’s master of social work program and the Connecticut Women’s Consortium will co-sponsor the symposium, “Women, Babies, and the Opioid Epidemic: A Multi-System Approach,” on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, 370 Bassett Road.
During the symposium, multiple experts will present challenges and barriers unique to women with opioid use disorders and babies born opioid dependent.
Dr. Charles Atkins, chief medical officer at Community Mental Health Affiliates, will set the framework for the day by exploring the larger opioid crisis and issues specific to women, pregnancy, the peripartum period and opioid use.
Atkins, a board-certified psychiatrist, clinical trainer and widely-published author, also will discuss the challenges of co-occurring substance use and mental health problems, medication assisted treatment and the importance of psychosocial and behavioral supports.
In addition, Dr. Matthew Grossman of Yale New Haven Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics will discuss an innovative approach that questions the status quo of opioid treatment and radically decreases the length of hospitalization while simultaneously promoting parent-child bonding. The study has generated national interest and is being replicated in other hospitals. It may well become a national standard.
The symposium also will feature Jordana Frost, from the March of Dimes, who will discuss preconceptive health, including the One Key Question, a method of pregnancy prevention screening.
Registration for the symposium is $95, and includes a panel discussion with members from various community agencies, case studies and question and answer sessions. Participants are eligible to receive six continuing education credits. For more information or to register, click here.