The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded UC Davis Health a three-year $500,000 grant to help pregnant and postpartum mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) and their infants.
Infants born to mothers who dealt with substance abuse often develop neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
UC Davis Health physicians will educate and train rural hospital personnel on how to best treat and care for OUD patients through its Optimizing Pregnancy and Infant Outcomes in Drug Addiction and NAS project.
Health care providers in rural community hospitals will have the opportunity to use UC Davis Health as an outlet to discuss patient cases and will receive feedback from UC Davis Health clinicians.
The rural health care providers also will receive ongoing curriculum, including topics such as reducing stigma and bias.
“This program aims to put evidence-based best practices into effect in rural hospitals to keep moms and babies together in their home communities,” said Kara Kuhn-Riordon, the grant’s co-primary investigator and a neonatologist at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “Traditionally, these moms and babies are transferred to tertiary care facilities like UC Davis Medical Center because their rural care providers and hospitals can lack the necessary knowledge, resources or comfort it takes to care for them.”