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Join us for our 2020 Regional Summit
Lunch and Learn

Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties

Dear Friends and Partners of Healthy Start,

The Regional Summit for 2020 sponsored by the area’s County Healthy Start Coalitions is going to be virtual and online.

Hopefully in October, 2021 we will be able to see each other face-to-face and exchange a hug. In the meantime, the format this year is a FREE Five-Part Lunch and Learn Webinar Series from 12:00-1:00 PM. The presentations will be 40-45 minutes each leaving lots of time for questions. The five dates are October 20 and 27, November 3, 10 and 17.

Your attendance would add much to the success of the summit and education of the community concerned about substance use in our pregnant patients.  Join us online to learn about issues around “Substance Use Disorder in the Pregnant Patient and Substance Exposed Neonate.”

Below is a listing of our upcoming five free sessions, we hope to see you there!

Care and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder in the Age of COVID-19

Phillip J. “P.J.” Brooks, MA, LMHC
Chief Operating Officer
Community Assisted and Supported Living Inc.
Former, V.P. Of Outpatient Services at First Step of Sarasota

Tuesday, October 20th 12:00-1:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.  Loneliness has long been associated with lower quality of life, depression, paranoid thinking, and suicide ideation.  We will discuss the impact and how to provide support to mitigate the impact on our vulnerable clients.

Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE)

Betsy Wood, RN, BSN, MPH
Nurse Consultant
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

William M. Sappenfield, MD, MPH, CPH
Professor, College of Public Health
Director, The Chiles Center
Director, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative
University of South Florida

Lori Reeves, MPH
Health Planning Administrator
Maternal & Neonatal Opioid Prevention Coordinator
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Family Health Services

Tuesday, October 27th 12:00-1:00 PM

FPQC speakers will describe the Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE) quality improvement initiative and many tools and resources that are available. Currently 23 hospitals across Florida are improving care for pregnant women with opioid exposure. Learn about best practices on universal screening, hospital/community collaboration, drug overdose prevention, and educating providers and women. Update yourself with the latest information on this Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) project…MORE!

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Patrick Duff, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tuesday, November 3rd 12:00-1:00 PM

COVID-19 is caused by the novel new single-stranded, enveloped RNA coronavirus that shares some genetic overlap with the viruses responsible for  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).  The virus is spread by respiratory droplets. This presentation by an nationally known, experienced infectious disease expert will discuss risk factors, clinical course of illness, disease in pregnant women, perinatal transmission, screening, diagnosis and treatment. You will not want to miss it.


First 1000 Days of Sarasota Update

Chelsea Arnold, DNP, APRN
First 1000 Days Sarasota
Program Coordinator

Kelly Romanoff, MPA
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Innovation and Impact Officer

Tuesday, November 10th 12:00-1:00 PM

To move from a maze of resources to a coordinated system of care The First 1000 Days Sarasota has identified five key solutions. This workshop will discuss those solutions, including the development of the Plan of Safe Care for substance exposed newborns and their families.

Marijuana, CBD and Vaping During Pregnancy

Washington C. Hill, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
CenterPlace Health

Tuesday, November 17th 12:00-1:00 PM

The use of marijuana, cannabidiol oil (CBD), and vaping during pregnancy has increased significantly. “Everyone’s doing it, what’s the problem.” There is limited information on the use of any of these substances during pregnancy especially marijuana during the first trimester. This workshop updates what we know and don’t know when these drugs are used during pregnancy.” Update yourself with the latest information on the pregnant woman not using these substances during pregnancy.