5th Annual Rhode Island

Substance-Exposed Newborns Conference



Join the Rhode Island Department of Health and the New England Addiction Technology

Transfer Center at the Brown University School of Public Health for the Fifth Annual Substance Exposed Newborns Conference. This year’s conference will bring together clinical, research, and community content experts to raise awareness of evidence- and emerging-best practices and policy information as well as statewide resources to support pregnant and postpartum people and their babies and families affected by prenatal substance exposure.

Rhode Island continues to experience an increase in the occurrence of polysubstance use,

overdose, and behavioral health conditions. Annually, at least 5% of the approximately 10,000 babies born in Rhode Island experience prenatal substance exposure. Newborns, babies, and children who experience prenatal substance exposure may experience short- and long-term biopsychosocial effects that can be mitigated and prevented by early, intentional, and coordinated interventions and supports such as screening and referral, Family Visiting, medication-assisted treatment, mental health counseling, and certified peer recovery support.

Breakfast and check-in will begin at 7:15 a.m. The conference will start at 8:00 a.m.

This is a hybrid event we will live stream simultaneously. Registrants can choose to attend in person or via Zoom webinar. All speakers will be live and in person.

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When and Where:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 8 AM to 4:30 PM

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, Rhode Island

801 Greenwich Avenue

Warwick, RI 02886

Google Maps directions.

Fees and More:

$20 registration fee (in-person and Livestream). Students may attend for free.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference. Check-in and breakfast will begin at 7:15 AM.

There will be prizes!

Gift Card Raffle

We will be hosting a raffle and giving away gift cards toward the end of the day. Must attend in person to participate.

Please ensure you get your raffle ticket at the check-in desk. Good luck!

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Guest Speakers

Mara G. Coyle, M.D.

Cannabis Use during Pregnancy and Lactation: Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe

Viren D’Sa, M.D.

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Lurking Influence and a Call to Action

Melissa Moreau, MSN, RN, FNP-C, IBCLC

Prenatal Opioid Exposure: Prioritizing Bias-Free Hospital Care and Parental Involvement from the Prenatal Period to Postpartum

Nicole O’Malley, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F, LPMT

A Case Study Presentation: Neurologic Music Therapy and Family-Centered Care for Prenatal Substance Exposure in Early Intervention

Katie Gonzalez, CPRS, CCHW 

The Power of Peer Recovery Support in Pregnancy

Scott Gagnon, MPP, PH-C

Cannabis Policy and Prevention in the Era of Commercialization

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credits

We are applying for continuing education credits for nurses, social workers, addiction

specialists, and physicians.

For all-day attendees expect to receive 6.75 contact hours of continuing education credits. This is included with your paid registration. You must indicate your preferred CEUs during registration.



Onanian School of Nursing

  • Health Maternal Child Health Program
  • Oral Health Program
  • Substance Exposed Newborns Program

Presented by: Rhode Island Department of Health, in partnership with New England ATTC:


Contact Margo Katz, RIDOH, Substance Exposed Newborns Program Manager.