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Additional offerings at Putting Care at the Center 2024

We will be offering two supplemental learning activities on the morning of October 16, prior to the start of the conference: the Creating safe care training and the Social needs in healthcare: Turning evidence into practice symposium. There are 2 ways to sign up for one of these offerings during the registration process – receive a discount when registering at the Full Package rate or add one of the additional offerings to your conference registration. These programs will run at the same time, so registrants can only choose one to attend.

To register for any of the pre-conference offerings, please first register for the conference. During the registration process, you will be able to select your choice of training.

If you have any questions, please contact Carly Moore at [email protected].

Creating safer care

We will be hosting a special pre-conference, in-person training on creating safer care for pregnant and parenting people who use drugs (PWUD) on Wednesday, October 16 from 9 am – 12 pm ET. Access to quality maternal healthcare and social support without the fear of criminalization is crucial, not only for racial and health equity but also for overdose prevention. Overdose is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the United States. The good news is that harm reduction strategies centering the health, autonomy, and dignity of pregnant and parenting people who use drugs improve maternal health outcomes.

This training will address the urgent need for healthcare workers to adopt a family-focused, whole-person approach to working with pregnant and parenting people who use drugs.  This training, based on the Creating safe care: Supporting pregnant and parenting patients who use drugs toolkit, focuses on five core competencies: relationship building, screening, treatment planning, reporting, providers as partners.

CEUs are available upon course completion. Registration is limited.

Cost: $250 per person

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Time: 9 am -12 pm ET

  1. Identify ways pregnant and parent PWUD are disproportionately impacted by stigma and develop tools to shift biases across clinic settings.
  2. Define harm reduction and identify three practices that could be implemented to support patients who use drugs
  3. Identify common myths and misinformation about substance use in pregnancy
  4. Understand how historic views of pregnancy and substance use have shaped the resources and supports available to pregnant and parenting PWUD
  5. Describe best practices for shared decision making with pregnant and parenting PWUD
About the instructors
Michelle Adyniec, RN

Michelle Adyniec is a Senior Clinical Manager at Camden Coalition for the Care Management and Redesign Initiatives Department. Michelle is a registered nurse and has experience working with individuals with medical and social complexities to identify barriers to care and assist in developing person-centered care plans to support reaching personal wellness goals. Much of her work has been specifically focused on maternal health, substance use, and individuals involved with the child welfare and criminal justice systems. In her current role, she designs and implements pilot programs and workflows that aim to improve health equity for populations that are most burdened by complex health and social needs, including pregnant people who use drugs.

Laura Sorensen, MSW

Laura Sorensen serves as the Associate Director for Harm Reduction Programs at the Camden Coalition. In this role, Laura supports Office Based Addiction Treatment providers and navigators across the state of New Jersey through training, technical assistance, and convenings, as well as supporting Camden Coalition’s Housing First program. Laura provides subject matter expertise in the areas of Harm Reduction, Trauma-informed care, and developing programs and services that provide stigma-free, whole-person care to people who use drugs. Prior to this role, Laura served as the Director of RHD Morris Home, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for members of the transgender community with a history of homelessness. Laura has trained at the local, state, and national level about best practices for working with members of the LGBTQ community experiencing complex health and social needs. Laura graduated from Temple University with a Master of Social Work in 2014.

Social needs in healthcare: Turning evidence into practice

A pre-conference symposium hosted by the Camden Coalition, UPMC Health Plan, and The Better Care Playbook

Housing and food insecurity, lack of employment and transportation, social isolation — factors outside the health care system — drive so much of people’s health. In recognition, healthcare entities and policymakers are prioritizing investments and putting staff time and energy towards addressing patients’ social needs. But what is the best way to do this? What does the evidence say about what works and what doesn’t?

This three-hour symposium will feature national complex care experts, including clinical leaders, policymakers, researchers, community-based organizations, and advocates. They will share what they are seeing on the ground, what research is showing us about the most effective strategies for addressing social needs in healthcare, and how they are translating evidence into practice.

CEUs are available for this event.

Cost: $250 per person

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Time: 9 am -12 pm ET

Site visit opportunities

For the first time this year, we are offering conference attendees the opportunity to participate in site visits to community programs, local organizations, and cultural institutions as part of the conference agenda. These site visits will showcase Pittsburgh’s vibrant ecosystem of health and social care and offer attendees the chance to forge new connections and enrich their conference experience beyond the walls of the hotel. Site visits will take place on Thursday, October 17 between 3-5:30 pm ET, and are included in your registration — there is no additional cost to participate.

Pre-registration will be required, and space will be limited for some venues. Stay tuned for more information!