Education and Beyond: Supporting Substance Exposed Newborn Communities Workshop Series

March 29, 2021




By Hernando Substance Exposed Newborn (SEN) Taskforce

The Hernando and Pasco Substance Exposed Newborn Task Forces are hosting Education & Beyond: Supporting Substance Exposed Newborn Communities Virtual Workshop series, April, 2021.  Opioid and substance misuse in Florida is a serious problem that is being felt by our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, infants. To address the epidemic of Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN), Hernando & Pasco SEN Taskforces invite you to the 2nd Annual Education & Beyond: Supporting Substance Exposed Newborn Communities, held as a series of virtual workshops on Fridays in April. This groundbreaking summit is being held virtually from 11am to 1pm Friday April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30, 2021.
In April 2021, the Hernando and Pasco Substance Exposed Newborn Task Forces partnered to combat the alarming trends in infants born diagnosed with substance exposure, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS).  An interactive lineup of experts will present current data, viewpoints, and solution focused initiatives associated with addressing this epidemic.
The prestigious speaker lineup includes doctors Alberto Augsten and Claudia Vincenzo, the co-creators of the award-winning Mothers in Recovery (MIR) program at Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. Larry Burd the Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Torri Metz an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Health and currently chairs the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Fellowship Affairs Committee, and Dr. Dawn Forbes, a nationally recognized expert in the care and improved outcomes of infants and families affected by maternal substance use disorder board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and pediatrics.
The event is designed for medical, healthcare and hospital professionals, and all others involved in caring for women of child-bearing age, addiction and substance exposed newborns. Thanks to our diamond sponsors Community Coalition Alliance, Inc., WellFlorida Council/Florida Healthy Start/Central Health Start Coalition, Hernando Community Coalition, Pasco ASAP Coalition, and platinum sponsors, Drug Free America Foundation, Bayfront Health Spring Hill, Oak Hill Hospital, Florida Department of Health/Citrus County, and BayCare Behavioral Health, registration is offered at the low rate of $45 per attendee, with CEUs for all in attendance – including physicians, nurses, social services, behavioral health.  Attendees will have access to the conference’s all-new Virtual Attendee Hub, offering a user friendly one-stop event experience platform. The hub harnesses what makes an in-person event so rewarding and translates it to an online experience.
Please do not miss this opportunity to engage with national leaders and community resources to learn strategies on being part of the solution in prevention, intervention and treatment for substance exposed newborns. Register now at Education & Beyond: Supporting Substance Exposed Newborn Communities (  Please call 352-596-8000 for more information.

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