World Doula Week – WSAZ Interview with WV RMOMS Project Director Shauna Lively

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Substance Use and Domestic Violence ECHO Training Series

Substance Use and Domestic Violence ECHO Training Series

Join our 12-session training series on domestic violence, substance use, and substance use coercion to learn about ways to better support survivors with substance use histories and their families.

Thursdays from 12-1pm EST March 30th to June 15th, 2023

Registration Required

**Continuing Education Credits Pending**


March 30, 2023 Understanding Domestic Violence, Substance Use, and Substance Use Coercion: Part I
April 6, 2023 Understanding Domestic Violence, Substance Use, and Substance Use Coercion: Part II
April 13, 2023 Addressing Stigma and its Impact on Safety and Recovery
April 20, 2023 Confidentiality in Domestic Violence and Substance Use Services
April 27, 2023 Trauma-Informed Conversations About Substance Use Coercion
May 4, 2023 Safety Planning and Substance Use Coercion
May 11, 2023


West Virginia’s Landscape of Services Addressing Domestic Violence and Substance Use Needs
May 18, 2023 No Wrong Door: Building Bridges Between Domestic Violence and Substance Use (Treatment, Recovery, and Harm Reduction) Services
May 25, 2023 West Virginia’s Regional Network: Strengthening Local Collaborations Across the State
June 1, 2023 Cultivating Health Equity and Addressing Disparities
June 8, 2023 Creating Safety and Accessibility for Survivors in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Recovery Support, and Harm Reduction Programs
June 15, 2023 Supporting Families, Parents/Caregivers, Children, and Youth Impacted by Substance Use Coercion

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Weave West Virginia – Innovative West Virginia Partnership Launches Project to Improve Outcomes for Individuals Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Disorder

WEST VIRGINIA, March 8 — With the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health will partner with agencies across the state to launch Weave West Virginia: Weaving Together Communities of Support for People Experiencing Substance Use and Domestic Violence.

Weave West Virginia addresses the oft-overlooked intersection of intimate partner violence and substance use disorder, particularly for pregnant and postpartum people. Intimate partner violence, including substance use coercion, is a major barrier to healthcare and social services that often prevents survivors from seeking support. This project will respond to the issue by building upon West Virginia’s existing statewide networks and training front-line providers on how to effectively serve this population.

In order to achieve its goals, the project will build on the leadership and expertise of partner agencies across West Virginia including the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, and the Marshall University Research Corporation’s West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center, and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health to increase access to and coordinate services between substance use disorder treatment services, domestic violence advocates, and healthcare providers.

“Weave West Virginia is a partnership deeply connected to West Virginians” said Dr. Jeffrey Coben, Interim Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. “Safety and support are crucial to the affected population and this initiative is an embodiment of West Virginia communities coming together to weave a strong, connected system of support where community is at the core.”

The need for integrated networks that address the needs of individuals experiencing both intimate partner violence and substance use disorder is by no means limited to West Virginia. Weave West Virginia’s learnings will provide a model for other states to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum people across the country.

Learn more about WVPP’s substance use disorder efforts by clicking here.

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Research Further Proves Effectiveness of Count the Kicks

Summary from @CounttheKicksUS:

“@BJOG published research that shows the impact of@CountthekicksUS
on stillbirth rates in Iowa. Prominent U.K. stillbirth researcher Dr. Alexander Heazell compared stillbirth rates in IA to three neighboring states from 2005-2018.

Dr. Heazell found that the stillbirth rate in Iowa went down 1% every 3 months for a decade while rates in states without a comprehensive stillbirth prevention program remained relatively stagnant.”

To read the full study information click here.

To watch a Count The Kicks video about the study click here.

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WVPP Awards Mommy & Me Program for Outstanding Achievement

From The Register-Herald:

“The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, whose stated mission is to “improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies,” recently recognized outstanding achievement by an Access Health program for its successes in helping at-risk pregnancies and postpartum mothers.

The program, named Mommy & Me, takes advantage of several community services to support local mothers who have had behavioral, mental, or substance abuse issues.

Essentially, the program can take at-risk mothers and put them in service with the experts who give the mother and her baby the best chance for the best outcome.”

For more information, read the full article here.

Also, from WSNTV:

“Mommy & Me began in 2020 and is in its third year of assisting women in Southern West Virginia. The program also helps women in need of housing, transportation, medical services, and professional counseling sessions.

Lisa Richards, a psychologist at Access Health and the program coordinator for Mommy & Me, said they are helping anywhere from 60 to 80 women a month, and hopes to expand the program’s reach in other areas in the state who may need help as well, including women at Southern Regional Jail.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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