Substance Use Disorders and Women’s Reproductive Health Learning Series

Advancing Equity: Reproductive Health Services and Considerations for Women with Substance Use Disorders

Between July and December 2020, the Center for HOPES and the Center for Public Health Practice within the College of Public Health held a six-part virtual learning series that examined the intersection of addiction and reproductive health, and explored and promoted best practices for advancing health equity and access to care among women with substance use disorders (SUD).

Unintended pregnancy rates are high among women with substance use disorders, approaching eight of every 10 pregnancies among women using opioids. These results suggest that women with SUD have significant unmet contraceptive needs.

Though we are far from addressing primary prevention, states and communities are leading the way with innovative approaches to increase knowledge about — and access to — reproductive health services for women with SUD. This webinar series featured integrated care models (SUD treatment and reproductive health services) occurring in Ohio and in other states.

This series examined the intersection of the addiction and reproductive life courses to discuss and promote best practices for advancing equity for health outcomes and access to care among women with substance use disorders.

Find more resources on the Addressing the Dual Burden project page.

Access materials and recordings of session.

Session 1 | Setting the Stage and a Policy Overview

Session 2 | Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Session 3 | Substance Use Treatment Settings

Session 4 | Non-Clinical or Community Settings

Session 5 | Series Summary and Next Steps

Session 6 | Stakeholder Panel Discussion


This series was produced in partnership with: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Center for Community Solutions, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and the Harm Reduction Coalition.