Dartmouth-Hitchcock, March of Dimes team up to help moms and babies with subtance use disorders

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A New Hampshire hospital and national non-profit have teamed up to help moms and babies with substance use disorders.

Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center says it’s teamed up with March of Dimes.

It’s one of eight community health practices or regional hospitals to do so in northern New England.

Together, the group has produced an online toolkit to help maternal child health providers keep women with histories of substance use and their babies healthy.

The resource is the result of collaborative work funded by a three-year grant that March of Dimes awarded.

It was awarded in 2016 to the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (D-H) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The project team concluded its second year in January 2018, after pilot testing the toolkit in six health care facilities in New Hampshire and one each in Vermont and Maine.

The resulting 15-chapter toolkit helps maternity care practices provide coordinated and compassionate care, and is now available on the NNEPQIN website.

The toolkit also will be used by D-H’s Center for Addiction Recovery in Pregnancy and Parenting (CARPP), a program that recently was awarded a $2.7 million grant from New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services to help seven maternity care practices around the state implement effective screening and treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders.

The funding is part of a $3.1 million federal grant that New Hampshire received as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which is provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants program.

The goal of the online toolkit is to help practitioners provide evidence-based care for women with substance use disorders that is consistent with national guidelines.

You can read the entire release here.

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