OHSU receives more than $ 3 million to study effects of rural expansion of Project Nurture

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After successfully helping pregnant women with drug addiction and reducing rates of child abuse and foster care, Project Nurture was awarded a Community Expansion Grant. (Getty Images)

Since its inception in 2015, Project Nurture, an innovative program model integrating maternity care, substance abuse treatment, and social service coordination in the Portland-Metro area, has helped increase antenatal care visits for women. pregnant women, while reducing rates of child abuse. and placement with foster families.

Based on its initial success, the Oregon Health Authority’s health systems division began expanding the Project Nurture model to rural and underserved communities in Deschutes, Jackson, Lincoln, Malheur, and Umatilla counties.

Funded by a $ 3 million research grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 RO1 HD105348-01A1), part of the National Institutes of Health, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University will assess the implementation of the expansion program, now called Nurture Oregon . For five years, the OHSU team will observe and analyze the following from Nurture Oregon:

  • Main results related to maternal and child health, as well as child protection
  • Differential Outcomes for Pregnant Women Diagnosed with Opioid, Methamphetamine and Polysubstance Use Disorders
  • Impact on Medicaid spending, with emphasis on implications for long-term sustainability.
        Deb Cohen, Ph.D. (OHSU)

“Over the past two decades, we have seen an alarming increase in the prevalence of maternal substance use disorders during pregnancy in the United States,” says the study’s principal investigator. Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., Professor and Vice-President of Research in Family Medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine. “Although many programs have been developed to help limit maternal substance use – and the risk of unwanted outcomes such as preterm labor, preeclampsia, or low birth weight – very few have shown success. and the longevity of Nurture Oregon. Through our analysis, we hope to identify and establish evidence that will enable the replication of the Nurture Oregon model in other states in the United States, once again showcasing Oregon as a leader in the delivery of innovative healthcare.


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