Local Early Childhood Coalitions
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, The Montana Coalition, Inc. (HMHB) hosts monthly calls and coordinates various projects with local early childhood coalitions around the state. Contact Stephanie Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
2021 Connecting SUD Prevention Efforts to Early Childhood Coalitions (Year 2)
Participating coalitions, please complete the forms below for the project and submit them at https://forms.monday.com/forms/4373b10f20cf8d52dbd05e2d4e71c166?r=use1. Note that the questions at this link will change to allow you to submit the forms at the appropriate time for each phase. You can also use this deliverables tracker to monitor your own progress.
HMHB is pleased to coordinate Year 2 of this project! The DPHHS SUDS-Opioids Workgroup has created a strategic plan for Montana to both address and prevent substance use disorders. This strategic plan has been reviewed, considered, and applied across community-based local coordination efforts to improve early childhoods and outcomes for individuals in the perinatal period. Using a lifespan approach to preventing substance use disorders in Montana, the workgroup has taken an upstream approach and has intentionally worked to integrate efforts aimed at supporting healthy pregnancies and early childhoods into the larger strategies, knowing that early trauma and adverse childhood experiences increase propensity to later struggles with addiction in adolescence and adulthood. In relation to the DPHHS SUDS-Opioids Workgroup, HMHB serves as a bridge between often disconnected prevention efforts across the public health system and beyond, ensuring that the workgroup is well informed of local P-3 prevention effort and that local efforts can engage with regional or state level efforts.
· Local strategies include identifying community-based supports for families in the P-3 period; maintenance of the database of community-based drug and alcohol-free, family friendly events, activities and groups for families in or seeking recovery; building continued collaboration between local and state level prevention groups; and researching crisis response pathways for women experiencing suicidal ideation in the perinatal period.
· State-level strategies include offering a web-based P-3 resource guide; promotion of drug and alcohol-free, family friendly events at a local level; and a magazine style publication to be distributed via birthing facilities with specific focuses on breaking down stigma related to accessing support for parental health and well-being and substance use disorders.