Understanding & Responding to the Lifelong Effects of Opioid Exposure for Infants, Children & Families

June 8, 2018
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

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A Live Webcast presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The nation’s opioid epidemic has significant impact and consequences on America’s children and families. Harms from opioids affect infants, children, and families in many ways, from the effects of opioid exposure and withdrawal on infants born to mothers using opioids to the challenge of providing stable care to children while struggling with addiction. These early childhood experiences have lifelong impacts on health and quality of life and are also significantly impacting state services and systems including healthcare, addiction/substance abuse treatment, child protective services, foster care, courts, and schools.

In response to this crisis, state and territorial health officials are leading across government using multi-sector, statewide solutions to protect and support families. During this live webcast event, learn from researchers, state health officials, and other national leaders addressing the effects of the opioid epidemic on children and families. Presenters will offer their perspectives and share innovative approaches to prevent ACEs relating to opioid use and promote healthy caregiver-child relationships that help buffer the effects of trauma. Participants will have the opportunity to engage this discussion, share experiences, and pose questions to panelists.

Expert Panelists:

  • Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, Director, Center for Child Health Policy and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Division of Neonatology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics and Former Commissioner of Health, Virginia
  • Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health


  • Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Visit the Understanding & Responding to the Lifelong Effects of Opioid Exposure for Infants, Children & Families webinar registration page for more information.

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