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March 2009
Opioid Addiction & Pregnancy
Educational & Training Opps
Prevention for Women
Women's Advocacy
Welcome to the Portland Women's Task Force March e-newsletter.  In this issue we are featuring recent publications pertaining to women and their health as well as upcoming training opportunities.  We are also including information about our upcoming campaign targeting pregnant and addicted women.  Please review our draft poster and provide us your feedback.  We look forward to your input!

Amanda Edgar, Ronni Katz & Nancy DeYoung
City of Portland's Overdose Prevention Project
Members, Portland Women's Taskforce

Opioid Addiction & Pregnancy: Treatment Options
 The Portland Women's Task Force is working on a campaign to educate pregnant women, doctors & nurses, and the community at large about the appropriate use of prescription methadone or Subutex during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  

We have drafted a poster (to include 'tear-off' cards with provider info) and would love to hear your feedback:  Is it readable? Does it catch your eye?  Does it portray the message accurately?  What would you add/change?  VIEW THE DRAFT
and feel free to email Amanda your comments.  We are planning to have this - and an accompanying brochure - finalized in May '09 and look forward to your feedback!

*This article, recently published in the Int'l Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UK), highlights the importance of maintenance programs for women who are addicted to opioids.
Find Us on Yahoo! Groups
Click Here to Join Now!As mentioned at our February meeting, we have a Portland Women's Task Force group on Yahoo! that can be accessed upon approval from the group administrator (Ronni) so click the link to be a part of the resource-sharing group! 
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As a part of Portland Substance Abuse Prevention's Facebook page, you will also find the Portland Women's Task Force group page.  It's another way to keep in touch and stay on top of the latest updates from the PWTF.
Educational & Training Opportunities
CPPC logoCommunity Partnerships for Protecting Children: Understanding What Each Family Can Expect from CPPC
What:  A three-hour training on what CPPC is and how our collaboration can better serve children and families.  There is no charge for this training.  CEUs available.
Who: Any Staff Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor, and/or Clinical Team Manager
Where:  Youth Alternatives Ingraham, 50 Lydia Lane, So. Portland
When: Wednesday, March 18, 1 - 4:00 PM 
RSVP*:  Robbie Lipsman, CPPC Project Coordinator

*Please include in your RSVP information about the level of training you and your staff have received in family team meetings. Also identify how many staff will require CEUs.

Maine Medical Center's 7th Annual Perinatal Nursing Conference (April 28, 2009): Contemporary Issues in Safe Patient & Family Centered Care / Pregnancy MMC logoat Risk: A Team Approach to Continuum of Care
This conference is designed for healthcare providers caring for perinatal patients and their families. Presentation Of Note: "Theory and Practice of Pain Management in Labor for Women on Opioid Agonist Therapy" with Mark Publicker, MD, FASAM. (Topics: Review of the pharmacology of methadone and buprenorphine, pharmacological and non-pharmacological options for pain management of operative and vaginal deliveries, and post-partum pain management: what is the risk of relapse?)  Registration deadline is April 15, 2009.  FMI contact Beth Turner at 662-2734 or view the brochure.
New England Institute of Addiction Studies presents Inhalant Abuse: It's Right Under Your Nose with Rebecca Miller, RN, of the NNE Poison Center
NEIAS logoInhalant abuse is the intentional breathing in of gases and solvents to produce a euphoric effect.  Inhalants can be addictive and deadly.  This conference is for Teachers, EMS, law enforcement, therapists, nurses, substance abuse prevention professionals and treatment clinicians, health educators, youth workers, policy makers, and others who are interested in increasing their knowledge about inhalant abuse. FMI Visit
Prevention for Women - Articles & Publications
camel cigarettesDeadly In Pink:
Big Tobacco Steps up Its Targetin
g of Women & Girls
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 18, 2009
"The tobacco industry has a long history of developing cigarette brands and marketing campaigns that target women and girls, with devastating consequences for women's health.  In the last two years, the industry has launched its most aggressive marketing campaigns aimed at women and girls in over a decade..."  Read the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Report.
North Carolina Group Launches Smoking Prevention Program for woman smokingPregnant Women
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, January 30, 2009
"The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund has launched [You Quit, Two Quit] an educational campaign aimed at reducing the number of women in the state who smoke during pregnancy, the Raleigh News & Observer reports."
infant and doctorStudy: Recovery Coaches Reduce Number of Substance-Exposed Births
Join Together, January 7, 2009
"New research suggests that recovery coaches -- caseworkers with special training in addiction, relapse prevention, case management and counseling -- can cut the number of newborns exposed to alcohol or other drugs and can play an important role in reuniting families." Read More
Universal Screening Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use ultrasound1at Prenatal Visits Improves Obstetric Outcomes
Join Together, January 2009
"Substance use during pregnancy remains a serious problem. This study examined whether Early Start, a coordinated program of prenatal substance abuse screening, treatment, and patient/provider education, including a licensed substance-use treatment specialist onsite in the obstetric clinic, improved perinatal outcomes."
help wanted adTreatment Helps Women on Welfare Get Jobs
Join Together, January 29, 2009
"A new approach to helping drug-addicted women on welfare that treats substance abuse and addiction as a chronic disease promises better outcomes of sobriety and employment than current approaches that focus on employment first, according to new research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University."
mother and newbornHormone May Predict Postpartum Depression
Reuters Health, February 2, 2009
"Spiking and sinking levels of a hormone that prepares a pregnant woman for the strain of childbirth may hold the key to why some women suffer postpartum depression, researchers said..."  Read the Reuters Health Article ~ Find out more about Postpartum Depression
Annual CDC Report Finds High Burden of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Especially among Women and Racial Minorities
CDC, January 13, 2009
"The report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2007, shows persistent racial disparities across these and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and a particularly heavy burden of disease among women." Read the CDC Press Release
Women's Voices: Advocacy by Criminal Justice-Involved WomenWPA logo
"This report [from the Women's Prison Association] spotlights the efforts of women around the country who are rolling up their sleeves, using their voices, and working to reduce our nation's reliance on incarceration." 
View the Report (PDF)
Next Meeting
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