Session 1: Setting the Stage & Policy Overview

Agenda | July 15, 1-3pm

In this session of the learning series, we set the stage for this series and the notion of Advancing Equity as a framework for studying the intersection of substance use disorders and women’s reproductive health. The webinar featured:

  • Frameworks for understanding with Mishka Terplan, Keitra Thompson & Mackenzie Piper 
  • Data overview and national v. Ohio context with Elizabeth Conrey
  • Relevant policies and implications for women with OUD with Indra Lusero & Rose MacKenzie

Explore materials from this session

Slides from Part 1 (Terplan, Thompson, Piper)
Slides from Part 2 (Conrey, MacKenzie, Lusero)
Watch video of the session (Password: 4B@5DT$p). You can also watch on YouTube.


Speaker Bios

Keitra Thompson, DNP, MSN, APRN, is a post-doctoral fellow and VA scholar in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale School of Medicine. She completed her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Emory University. From 2017 to 2018 she was an advanced practice nursing fellow in the Family Medicine Department at Ohio State University. As a family nurse practitioner, community-engaged researcher, and advocate, Keitra is committed to health equity and understanding the impact of social determinants of health across the lifespan. Her program of research is focused on the role of poverty and inter-generational trauma on maternal and child health outcomes with a particular emphasis on substance use disorder and criminal justice system involvement.


Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH, FACOG, DFASAM, is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in addiction medicine. His primary clinical, research and advocacy interests lie along the intersections of reproductive and behavioral health. He is Associate Medical Director at Friends Research Institute and adjunct faculty at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a Substance Use Warmline clinician for the National Clinician Consultation Center. He is also the Addiction Medicine Specialist for Virginia Medicaid and a consultant for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. Dr. Terplan has active grant funding and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles with emphasis on health disparities, stigma, and access to treatment. He has spoken at local high schools and before the United States Congress and has participated in expert panels at CDC, SAMHSA, ONDCP, OWH, FDA and NIH primarily on issues related to gender and addiction.


 Mackenzie Piper, MPH, CHES, (pronouns: she/her) is the Senior Manager of Programs at Power to Decide, a national non-profit that works to ensure all people have the power to decide if, when, and what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. In this work, she supports the strategy and implementation of One Key Question®, a pregnancy desire screening tool that has been used in non-clinical and clinical settings across the U.S., including in substance use recovery programs. Prior to joining Power to Decide, she was a Project Lead for The Peer Education Institute at Planned Parenthood. She also worked as a Program Assistant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has global health experience having worked in Ireland and Micronesia. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.


Elizabeth Conrey, PhD, MS, is a Senior Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Reproductive Health. In that position, she has served as an assignee to the Ohio Department of Health for the past 15 years. She has a BS in Chemistry from Guilford College and both her MS in Human Nutrition and PhD in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. She is a Registered Dietitian.

Dr. Conrey began her public health career in the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) assigned to the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity where she worked both domestically and internationally to study child obesity and breastfeeding, evaluate qualitatively test new questions federal breastfeeding surveillance, train Afghan interviewers, and lead an outbreak investigation.

Dr. Conrey’s work recent covers topics including maternal morbidity and mortality, preconception health, program evaluation, perinatal smoking, childhood and maternal obesity, gestational diabetes, breastfeeding, birth outcomes and surveillance as well as the relationships between maternal chronic conditions and birth outcomes. Dr. Conrey was a co-founder of both the Ohio Gestational Diabetes Collaborative and the Ohio Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review. In 2018, she joined the editorial board of the Ohio Public Health Journal. She actively authors both peer review publications and public health briefs and teaches Applied Maternal and Infant Health Epidemiology at the OSU Summer Program in Population Health.


Indra Lusero, JD, MA, is founder of Elephant Circle and the Birth Rights Bar Association and a Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women. As a Queer, Genderqueer, Latinx parent rooted in the Rocky Mountain West Indra is attuned to the importance of people on the margins and their role in leading us to dismantle oppressive systems and build a more equitable world. Indra helped pass legislation in Colorado to eliminate the shackling of incarcerated women during pregnancy and birth, to improve midwifery and birth center regulations, and to create more humane policies for families impacted by substance use. Indra also spearheaded the creation of “Birth Rights: A resource for everyday people to defend human rights during labor and birth.”


Rose MacKenzie, JD, MPH, joined Harm Reduction Coalition in late 2019 as the Senior Director of Policy and Mobilization. She leads Harm Reduction Coalition’s policy advocacy and organizing efforts including national and state-level strategic campaigns, legislative advocacy, and coalition building. Previously, Rose worked for nearly a decade advocating for reproductive health and rights, most recently as the Senior Policy Counsel at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, which builds power for reproductive freedom at the state and local level. Rose believes strongly in building power within communities to engage in advocacy around their own needs, and in the transformative power of working at the intersections of social justice movements. Rose has an AA from Simon’s Rock College of Bard; a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health; and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.