ASTHO Perinatal Opioid Use Training
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Welcome to ASTHO Perinatal Opioid Use Training. This training is designed to be used with the ASTHO Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit: Supporting the Public Health Response in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health to “role play” or practice what you learned about screening, referring, and offering support to people who are at risk for or experiencing substance use or opioid use disorder. Public health professionals range from technicians to epidemiologists and state health commissioners. The phrase public health staff used throughout this training refers to clinical and nonclinical professionals that work directly with people of childbearing age and pregnant and postpartum persons. This includes, but is not limited to, staff that work in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, Home Visiting programs, public health educators, and nurses.

Learning Objectives: As a result of completing the learning modules and reading the toolkit, public health staff serving people in the perinatal period will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of universal screening of pregnant and parenting people in public health programs for substance use disorder, using a trauma-informed care approach.
  • Apply a trauma-informed care approach to substance use disorder screening and referral in different scenarios.
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques to engage clients in shared decision making about next steps and referral needs and conduct screenings with greater intention and effectiveness.
  • Conduct screenings with greater intention and effectiveness to strengthen public health program services, individualize supports to clients, and minimize unintended harm.

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    To begin the course, select the top lesson from the lesson bar(s) below.
    As a result of completing the learning modules and reading the toolkit, public health staff serving people in the perinatal period will be able to:

    Explain the importance of universal screening of pregnant and parenting people in public health programs for substance use disorder, using a trauma-informed care approach.
    Apply a trauma-informed care approach to substance use disorder screening and referral in different scenarios.
    Use motivational interviewing techniques to engage clients in shared decision making about next steps and referral needs and conduct screenings with greater intention and effectiveness.
    Conduct screenings with greater intention and effectiveness to strengthen public health program services, individualize supports to clients, and minimize unintended harm.
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