Creating safer care training

In person

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown 9 am -12 pm ET

Care management & redesign

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Join us for this in-person training in Pittsburgh.

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.

Cost: $250 per person

Date: October 16, 2024

Time: 9 am -12 pm ET

Location: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

CEUs are available upon course completion.  Registration is limited.


This is a pre-conference offering for Putting Care at the Center 2024. To register only for this training, click the link below. To register for the full conference, click here.

  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 instructor: 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.

About the instructor: 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.

New this year!

Can’t attend the full Putting Care at the Center 2024 conference? Take advantage of the One-day pass, a new addition to this year’s conference experience.

The One-day pass is priced at $450, and includes:

To register for the One-day pass, click the One-day pass option in the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Carly Moore at [email protected]