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

After the conference, please complete the post-conference survey. Upon submission, you will be redirected to the attendance certificate.

Thank you to everyone who made this conference a success,
our satellite sites: 
Cass County Health, Human & Veteran Services
Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota
Cook County Public Health & Human Services
Dakota County Public Health Department
Essentia Health - Duluth
Essentia Health - Fargo, ND
Fairview Ridges Hospital
Melrose Hospital
Northwest Indian Opportunities Center
Ramsey County Public Health
Rapid City Regional Hospital, SD
Rice Memorial Hospital
St Cloud Hospital
Sanford Hospital - Bemidji
Sanford Hospital - Fargo, ND
Sanford Hospital - Sioux Falls, SD

Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, IA
Sherburne County Public Health

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, SD
Todd and Wadena Public Health at Staples Hospital
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital
Woodwinds Health Center

A recording of this event will be posted in 3-4 weeks.

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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