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Rutgers Project ECHO Series for Healthcare Prescribers & Addiction Medicine Specialists: Maternal Opioid Intervention and Care Coordination

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in pregnant and parenting individuals creates an additional risk for opioid-related death. Pregnant individuals diagnosed with OUD at the time of delivery were found to be 4.6 times more likely to die during hospitalization. Prevention and early intervention are crucial to ensuring comprehensive care that improves outcomes for pregnant individuals and their families.

As a provider offering either prenatal or postpartum care, you can increase your ability to recognize OUD and provide optimal treatment for pregnant and parenting individuals and their babies. By utilizing a family-centered, empowering, and culturally relevant approach, you can build a more trusting and empowering relationship with pregnant individuals facing OUD.

Join Rutger's ECHO to learn best practices for treatment, identify helpful community resources, and collaborate with a panel of Maternal Child Health and Addiction Medicine specialists and your peers. Together, we can help ensure that mothers in New Jersey can give birth safely with the treatment and support they receive within their community.

To learn more about the upcoming ECHO launch, join one of our three pre-launch informational sessions and get all the necessary details! Zoom Registration

Series Leaders

  • Damali Campbell-Oparaji, MD, Medical Director of NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Quinn Ingemi, MA, LPC, Assistant Director, Behavioral Health, Perinatal Addictions Prevention Program, Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative
  • Jennifer Kirkman, Assistant Director of Case Practice, New Jersey Department of Children and Families  
  • Nicola Lydon, LCSW, CPRS, Director of Recovery Services, Center for Family Services
  • Lindsay Martin, MSPH, I Squared Consulting
  • Aubri Milano, DO, FAAP, Medical Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, General Pediatric Newborn Care, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper 

Learning Objectives

  • Build collaborative relationships with community and medical professionals to implement Care Plans for all perinatal individuals seen in their practice annually and integrate Plans of Safe Care when developed by Department of Child Protection and Permanency.
  • Discuss community services available and care coordination strategies for providers that care for pregnant people with substance use disorders and their newborns throughout the perinatal period.
  • Acknowledge the impact of stigma on the care of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders and explore strategies to reduce stigma and bias.
  • Describe how to incorporate an integrated healthcare approach throughout pregnancy to improve transitions of care and engage the continuum of care to best support birthing people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

Continuing Education Accreditation

To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, CPE, LADC, and Social Work credits,  click here.

  • Continuing Education (CE) certificates will only be issued with the completion of the following surveys:
    • Initial Pre-Series Assessment
    • Post-Session Survey for each session attended
    • Post-Series Assessment after the series concludes

Additional Information

Submit a clinical case or patient scenario to be presented during an ECHO session and receive a $100 gift card*. Your valuable contributions provide a learning opportunity for others.

Click here to access the form here: MOI Submissions

Information regarding infants born with opioid withdrawal was obtained from the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality. To read more, click here.



Providing Earlier, Easier Access to Care: Meeting Moms Where They Are
Thursday • January 11, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

The Integration of Addiction Medicine and Treatment and Family Planning
Thursday • January 25, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Community Workgroup
Friday • January 26, 202412:00 PM- 1:00 PM

One Key Question to ask your Patients: Do you have the Desire to get Pregnant in the Next Year? Perspectives on Unintended Pregnancy
Thursday • February 01, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Thursday • February 15, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Community Workgroup
Friday • February 23, 202412:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Emergency Department Responding to the Needs of Mothers with OUD in the Emergency Department
Thursday • February 29, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

The Role of DCP&P and Community Agencies in Care Planning: Implementing Plans of Safe Care
Thursday • March 14, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Planning with Mother and Family for Labor and Delivery 
Thursday • March 28, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Community Workgroup
Friday • March 29, 202412:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Harm Reduction Strategies for Pregnant People with OUD
Thursday • April 11, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Intergenerational Trauma & Medical Trauma
Thursday • April 25, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Community Workgroup
Friday • April 26, 202412:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Approach to a Collaborative Practice: The Role of the Physician in Partnering with the Community
Thursday • May 09, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Supporting Substance Affected Newborns and Their Families: Bridging the Gap 
Thursday • May 23, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Community Workgroup
Friday • May 31, 202412:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Promoting Compassion & Understanding for Perinatal Individuals with OUD 
Thursday • June 06, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Preventative Healthcare: Improving Prenatal Healthcare Outcomes
Thursday • June 20, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

The Consequences of the Failure to Screen Perinatal Individuals with an SUD
Thursday • July 11, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Opioid Use Disorder Therapies: Strategies for Success
Thursday • July 25, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

The Role of Racism in Maternal Child Health
Thursday • August 08, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: Promoting Healthy Development  
Thursday • August 15, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Improving Child and Family Outcomes: Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Thursday • August 22, 20247:30 AM- 8:30 AM


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