Twice a year, the CHoSEN Collaborative hosts the CHoSEN Forum. These forums are special times for those who participate or are interested in CHoSEN’s hospital-based quality improvement efforts and those who work across a variety of relevant sectors to come together to hear updates on the impacts of the efforts, engage in shared learning through presentations from expert speakers, and hear successes and challenges from colleagues who are leading innovative work within the Collaborative. 

​The upcoming CHoSEN Forum being hosted on Thursday, October 20th is particularly momentous, as it will be the first one that includes an in-person option in over two years and will include opening remarks by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. Read on to learn more about the exciting speakers and presentations in store, and DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER! October 13th is the last day to register to attend in-person.

Meet Diane Smith, proud mother of 3 children, DPALS Peer Navigator Specialist, and SuPPoRT Colorado Family Advisory Board Chair, Not long ago, she had an open case in the child welfare system. Her message is one of empowerment, encouragement, and perseverance. As one of the pioneers of the Denver Parent Advocates Lending Support (DPALS) program, she is very active in the community as panelist, presenter, and helping parents navigate through the child welfare system. Diane is among the many DPALS that share a passion for helping to advocate for parents, just as she needed the same support herself. Diane and her husband James Smith are Co-founders of the DPALS program and longtime advocates for parents and families who have also experienced the system. Ms. Diane Smith is also involved with Illuminate Colorado as she was awarded the Community Leadership Award in 2021 for her accomplishments and support working with families for openly sharing their time and experience to further change and strengthen families in Colorado.

Keynote Presentations


“Toxicology Testing in the Peripartum Setting:
The Unique Social and Legal Consequences for Birthing People”

Davida Schiff, MD, MSc
Director, Perinatal and Family-Based Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care
MGH SUDs Initiative | Division of Newborn Medicine | General Academic Pediatrics

“What’s Happening in Early Intervention?” 
Lenita Ashley Hartman, M.A.
​Associate Director of Early Intervention Colorado Part C
Colorado Department of Early Childhood

Innovative Efforts Presentations

​”UCH SEN Care: Progress and Plans” 
K. Lyle Holmes, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

“Update on the CHoSEN Perinatal Navigator Project” 
Kathryn (Kathi) Wells, MD, FAAP  | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Executive Director, Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse & Neglect Associate Professor and Section Head for Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Pediatrics

“The Power of Passivity:
Passive Strategies to Engage Pregnant Women with Substance Use” 

Laurie Seidel Halmo, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Toxicologist
Section of Hospital Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
​Volunteer Faculty, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety

Breakout Sessions

“Engaging Families Impacted by Perinatal Substance Use”– Stephanie Bourque, MD MSCS; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado; Associate Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU

“Best Practices for Developing and Implementing a Plan of Safe Care”-Deborah Monaghan, MD, MSPH – Medical Director of the Office of Children, Youth & Families at the Colorado Department of Human Services | Laurie Seidel Halmo, MD, FAAP; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Toxicologist; Section of Hospital Medicine; University of Colorado School of Medicine; Volunteer Faculty, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety

“Hospital-Based Naloxone Distribution to Pregnant and Postpartum Patients and Families​”– Kaylin Klie, MD, MA; Co-Chair, Colorado Naloxone Project | Rachael Duncan, PharmD; Co-Chair, Colorado Naloxone Project | Don Stader, MD FACEP; Executive Director, The Naloxone Project

“Harm Reduction Strategies Surrounding Breastfeeding and Substance & Cannabis Exposure”– Erica M. Wymore, MD MPH; Assistant Professor, Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine; Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology; University of Colorado School of Medicine; Children’s Hospital Colorado

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