Multidisciplinary healthcare and human services professionals currently engaged in or hoping to learn more about Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns (CHoSEN) Collaborative’s work convened virtually on April 15, 2021 to engage in shared learning and receive updates on work happening across the collaborative.
Intentions for the day were set by honoring Dr. Annie Hall’s legacy, reflecting on the ongoing impacts of structural and historical racism on maternal and infant health, and centering on the experiences of those directly impacted by perinatal substance use through recorded stories shared by two Substance Exposed Newborns Family Advisory Board members. Dr. Susan Hwang also shared a preview of CHoSEN’s current and upcoming efforts to expand its focus beyond the birth hospitalization to the prenatal and postnatal periods.
CHoSEN was honored to be joined by attending neonatalogists Dr. Stephen Patrick, Director of the Center for Child Health Policy and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Elisha Wachman, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, for the day’s keynote presentations. Dr. Patrick’s keynote presentation reflected on how public health systems improve and impede optimal outcomes for pregnant women and infants affected by the opioid crisis, with a focus on barriers to treatment, the role of communities, and recent changes to the child welfare system. Dr. Elisha Wachman’s keynote presentation gave an overview of Boston Medical Center’s innovative approaches to engaging families in the prenatal, birth hospitalization, and postnatal periods.
In addition to the keynote presentations, attendees heard updates from CHoSEN’s leadership and from participating entities who are implementing exciting work:
Missed the event or looking to refresh your memory of the day? Find the materials, recordings, and related opportunities to engage below.
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Opportunities to Engage:
Get news from the CHoSEN Collaborative on best practices and tools available to perinatal providers related to the care of SENs.