• Six years ago, Oregon healthcare organizations created a new program to help pregnant women who were addicted to opioids. Project Nurture combined maternity care, substance use treatment and social services for the mothers. Now, a new study shows the program has helped reduce the number of children placed into foster care. Josh Reagan is the medical lead for Project Nurture at Providence, and Kasey Edwards Snider is a peer mentor for the program. They tell us about what’s made the program successful, and how it’s continuing in the age of coronavirus.

 

  

  • The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians have had to cancel clam digs, cedar bark harvests and spring canoe trips. Doug Barrett, prevention activities coordinator for the tribes, said they have also canceled in-person talking circles, which are geared toward suicide prevention. We hear from Barrett about how the pandemic has impacted the tribes and his personal life.

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