Minnesota Prematurity Coalition

The Opioid Explosion in Minnesota: 
How Opioid Abuse during Pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Impact Your Work

October 24, 2014


8:00-8:10 a.m.        Introduction, Martha Overby

8:10-9:30 a.m.        An Emerging Drug Crisis for Our Babies: Pregnancy & Addiction by Prescription
Loretta Finnegan, MD

9:30-10:00 a.m.      The Opioid Crisis: Reflections from an Urban Neonatologist
Jeanne Mrozek, MD

10:00-10:10 a.m.     Break

10:10-10:40 a.m.     Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Not Just a Big City Problem                      
Christina Falgier, MD

10:40 a.m.-noon      Panel Discussion
Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH; Commissioner – Minnesota Department of Health
Amy Langenfeld, RN, PHN, MS, CNM, SANE-A; Midwife – Indian Health Board of Minneapolis
Kim Pearson, RN, CNML; Nurse Manager, Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth
Erin Sullivan Sutton, JD; Assistant Commissioner, Children and Family Services – Minnesota Department of Human Services

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We would like to encourage a more interdisciplinary discussion by designating multiple sites statewide as satellite sites where individuals from outside of traditional public health circles are able to gather to experience the conference.   

Public Sites:

Location Contact Person/Email Contact Person Phone
Cass County Health, Human & Veteran Services Renee Lukkason 218-547-1340 x209
Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota Jill Bauer 612-813-6904
Cook County Public Health & Human Services Joni Kristenson & Sara Hadley 218-387-3620
Dakota County Public Health Department Amy Mimm 952-891-7566
Essentia Health – Duluth Debbi Peters
Melrose Hospital Mary Scott 320-256-4231 x24073
Northwest Indian Opportunities Center Malissia Jones 218-759-2022
Rice Memorial Hospital Sherri Klaers 320-231-8937
Sanford Hospital – Bemidji Lisa Johnson & Kim Olson 218-333-5529
Sanford Hospital – Fargo, ND Doreen Brass 701-234-5505
Sanford Hospital  – Sioux Falls, SD Priscilla Jurkovich 605-328-6349
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, SD Sara DeCoteau 605-742-3697
Woodwinds Health Center Jennifer Snider 651-232-0611

Internal Employees Only:

Location Contact Person/Email Contact Person Phone
Essentia Health – Fargo, ND Britta Anderson 701-364-8859
Fairview Ridges Hospital Cathy Kotula 952-892-2540
Ramsey County Public Health Mary Clausen 651-266-1573
Rapid City Regional Hospital – SD Shannon Waldner 605-755-8326
Sanford Sheldon Medical Center – IA Cindy Myers 712-324-6389
Sherburne County Public Health Gloria Sorem 763-765-4100
St Cloud Hospital Keely Cambridge 320-656-7103
Todd and Wadena Public Health at Staples Hospital Kris Wallgren 218-639-3689
University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital Marla Mills

Discharge Planning Checklist for Late Preterm Infants

The purpose of the Discharge Planning Checklist for Late Preterm Infants is to help improve outcomes of infants born before 37 weeks. Minnesota's Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, encourages healthcare porfessionals to "adopt this checklist as part of their discharge procedures for late preterm infants (34 0/7 - 36 6/7 weeks completed gestational age).

The Task Force hopes that this tool will become a valuable resource for you and your hospital. Feel free to download / print as needed:

Discharge Planning Checklist for Late Premature Infants (34 0/7 - 36 6/7 weeks completed gestational age)


2012 Minnesota Prematurity Coalition
Advocate for Infants Born Prematurely & Their Families

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