On October 20, 2023, multi-sector professionals who work with perinatal individuals impacted by substance use convened for a Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns (CHoSEN) Forum that included an in-person attendance or virtual option.

Here’s the recap of the Fall 2023 Forum. Visit the Forums page for full slide decks and bios for each presenter!

Dr. Susan Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD celebrated the progress made up to date and laid down the path forward. She finished her opening remarks by laying out clear drivers and measurable goals for positive intervention for both Mom and Baby. State Representative Chris DeGruy also shared a statement, sharing not only his political support of this work, but also his personal drive for change. 

Karli Swenson, PhD, MPH(c) of CPCQC presented both qualitative and quantitative data on clinical perceptions of maternal substance use, and how this has a direct impact on the quality of care they receive. She furthermore provided examples of stigmatizing language and the importance of using person-first language in clinical settings.

 

Then, attendees at the forum had the powerful opportunity to hear from Lived Experience Experts from HardBeauty, whose mission is to empower people to rise and thrive beyond their circumstances. Every day, they serve those in challenging situations using a just, equitable, inclusive, trauma-informed and healing-centered approach.

Dr. Nancy Young, Ph.D., MSW, from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, presented the first keynote of the day, A Paradigm Shift: Early Intervention and Continuity of Services for Pregnant Individuals Who Use Substances, Their Infants & Families.

The second keynote, Cannabis Use in Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding: What Have We Learned?, was presented by Dr. Torri Metz, MD, MS.

Dr. Metz broke down the data of cannabis products and their outcomes if used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. She explained what this data means for a now-prominent substance in Colorado and what providers should be advising based on these data. 

Next, the Poudre Valley Hospital Family Medicine Team educated attendees on full spectrum family care including Medication Assisted Treatment for mothers with SUD. The Poudre Valley Hospital Family Medicine Team includes Monica Faherty, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Robyn Gustafson, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, C-ONQS, Courtney Kuepper, LSW, PMH-C, and Jeannie Folan, MD

In the afternoon, both in person and virtual attendees could select two breakout sessions to attend:

  • Getting into the Weeds: Updates in Perinatal Cannabis and Lactation
  • From Tradition to Transformation: The Case for Adapting New Toxicology Testing Practices
  • Plans of Safe Care: Tips and Tricks for Clinic and Hospital-Based Implementation
  • Essential Resources When Working with Families Impacted by Substance Use (Panel Discussion) – recording coming soon!

Getting into the Weeds: Updates in Perinatal Cannabis and Lactation

From Tradition to Transformation: The Case for Adapting New Toxicology Testing Practices 

Plans of Safe Care: Tips and Tricks for Clinic and Hospital-Based Implementation

We were so pleased to have so many multi-sector individuals engage in this hybrid event, and we look forward to the next one in Spring 2024!

Missed the event or looking to refresh your memory of the day? Find the materials below.

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