Session 6: Stakeholder Panel Discussion

Agenda | December 16, 1-2.30pm

We wrapped up our learning series by revisiting overarching themes and continuing to plan for collective action by having a discussion with panelists working to address gaps in reproductive health care needs and services for women with substance use disorder. We were joined by:

    • Reena Oza-Frank, PhD, MS-MPH, RD | Data and Surveillance Administrator, Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, Ohio Department of Health 
    • Deanna Herold, MS | Policy Developer, Office of Families and Children, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 
    • Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC | Clinical Professor, Don’t Quit the Quit- PI, University of North Dakota 
    • Joelle Puccio | Director of Education, Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction 

Dr. Mishka Terplan moderated this discussion.

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Speaker Bios

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.


Reena Oza-Frank, PhD, MS-MPH, RD is the Data and Surveillance Administrator for the Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health (BMCFH) for the Ohio Department of Health. Her main responsibilities include planning, directing, organizing and manage the comprehensive statewide surveillance, research, and epidemiology programs for the Title V Maternal and Child Health and other Programs within the Bureau.  



Deanna Herold, MS has worked in the field of child welfare for 25 years. She spent 21 years at Franklin County Children Services where she has served as a Child Welfare Caseworker, Adoption Caseworker, Adoption Supervisor, Director of Foster Care, and as a Social Program Administer in the Intake and Investigations Department. Deanna currently works at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and serves as one of their Human Services Policy Developers with the Office of Families and Children. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Ohio State University and received her Master’s Degree from Ohio University. In addition to providing training and discussion groups throughout Ohio regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, Ms. Herold has participated/participates on many initiatives, workgroups and committees which focus on the opioid epidemic and the impact on pregnant and parenting mothers with substance use disorders.


Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC is a Clinical Professor at the University of North Dakota and Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has practiced and consulted on women’s health, obstetrics and family planning in a variety of settings and served as the Family Planning Program Director for a federally qualified health center. Maridee has been a faculty member at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines since 2008 where she has held a variety of leadership roles including Graduate Nursing Chair and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Maridee has also been involved in SAMHSA funded grant work at UND where she spent three years on the interprofessional SBIRT training grant and currently works with the Region 8: Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center grant teams. Most recently, Dr. Shogren began work as the principal investigator on the Foundation for Opioid ResponseEfforts grant funded program, Don’t Quit the Quit, where she is working to increase access to care and grow community support for women who are pregnant or postpartum and in recovery from opioid use disorder.


Joelle Puccio is a registered nurse with 16 years of experience in Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care. She worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a peer run syringe access program in Seattle, WA, and now serves on the Board of Directors. She is a co-founder of the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction, whose goal is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based education about substance use for pregnant and parenting people and service providers. She has been invited to speak at conferences convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and more. She currently travels the country in her RV with her partner and 2 cats as a travel nurse, in order to learn about the experience of families affected by perinatal substance use and pregnancy criminalization in varying geographic areas. Her main interest is the intersection of drug user rights and feminism. She became passionate about advocating for people who use drugs after realizing that everything she had been taught about drugs from childhood through nursing school was wrong.