Ann Allen, MD, and Team Awarded UW Prevention Research Center Grant

Ann Allen, MD, Principal Investigator, along with Co-Investigators Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH, and Nina Menda, MD, recently received a 2020 Small Grant Award of $18,359 from the UW Prevention Research Center for the project, “Pilot Testing an Evidence-based, Family Centered Intervention for Opioid Exposed Newborns in Wisconsin’s Rural and Community Hospitals.” The goal of this 1-year project is to develop and pilot an Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC) implementation intervention across Wisconsin hospitals by creating educational resources, and collaborating with the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) and Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC). ESC is an evidence-based treatment for newborns exposed to opioids, which affects nearly 1 in 100 Wisconsin newborns. By conducting this study, the team hopes to reduce unnecessary hospital days, healthcare costs and parent-child bonding disruption in WI infants exposed to opioids, and simultaneously generate the tools and preliminary data to support widespread implementation of ESC in states and health systems.