Mother/Infant Opioid Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Effort

This initiative aims to decrease misuse of opioids, inform providers of alternatives to prescribing opioids, and increase identification and treatment of opioid misuse.

Charter

The Working Group are currently developing the specific focus and aims of the initiative. These will be updated as developed.

Objectives

  • The initiative objectives are currently under development. 

Faculty

Working Group

Heather Bell

Corporate Medical Director for MEnD Correctional Care and MEnD Recovery Services

Heather has been in full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics since the start of her career in a rural critical access hospital. She has also been caring for patients with opioid use disorder, with MAT, for 4 years and became dual boarded in addiction medicine in early 2020. She has co-facilitated ProjectECHO and has provided technical assistance for mentorship of communities throughout MN through MDH for nearly 3 years as well.

Liz Corey

MDH

Liz is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health MPH program with a major Maternal and Child Health and a minor in Epidemiology. She completed undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology at Montana State University, then went on to work with nonprofits addressing food insecurity, mental illness, substance use, homelessness, and adolescent pregnancy primarily as a case manager. During graduate school, Liz had the opportunity to work at MDH on teams focused on infectious disease, family home visiting quality improvement, and federal grant needs assessments. She is currently a Prevention Program Administrator in the Injury & Violence Prevention Section at MDH working on reducing drug overdoses and disparities across the state.

Alina Kraynak

MDH

No bio at this time.

Anne Walaszek

MNPQC Executive Branch

Anne Walaszek, MPH (Anishinaabe) is the Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Specialist in the Women and Infant Health Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. In her role, she leads two quality improvement grants, the Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Communities Collaborating to Prevent Girls Opioid Abuse. Ms. Walaszek has experience working at a national non-profit addressing cancer inequities within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In this role, she provided leadership for a clinic and community health approach to develop and implement culturally tailored evidence-based interventions to effectively build capacity in health systems across Indian Country. Her public health experience reflects grant writing, program development, research and data management throughout her experiences at the Minnesota Department of Health Diabetes Program, Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and SAMHSA for their Child, Adolescent and Family Branch. She is a 2017 recipient of the Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities.

Lila Page

MPO/MNPQC Program Coordinator

Lila is a marketing professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Communications and Public Health from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has 3+ years of marketing & communications experience with a demonstrated history of working in the healthcare, software, and technology industry.

Susan Boehm

MPO Executive Director/Treasurer, MNPQC Co-Director


Susan has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women’s Health for over 30 years. She has a long history with MPO as a volunteer, conference presenter, planning committee member, and has served on the Board of Directors. She is currently the MPO Executive Director and Co-Director of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC).

She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and kayaking, and loves the solitude of their cabin in the Boundary Waters.

Abby Montague

Hennepin Health

No bio at this time.

Abby Stoffel

MHA

Abby is a Quality and Process Improvement Specialist at the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) and is the staff lead for the MHA Perinatal Committee. She attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Management.

Ari Skalisky

MN ACNM

Ari is an experienced labor and delivery nurse and newly Certified Nurse Midwife. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota. She graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica (BSN) in 2016, and most recently, The University of Minnesota (DNP) in 2020. Ari was involved in the Improvement of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Outcomes project and her interests include health disparities among minority women; adolescent health; perinatal mood disorders.

Bea Bowles

Sanford

Bea is a masters prepared nurse, with an emphasis in Leadership and has been working in healthcare since she was a teenager. In addition to LTC, she has worked in ortho/neuro, surgical, public health, home care, obstetrics, pediatrics, teaching (NDSCS and NDSU –go Bison!), and most recently learning the special care nursery world. She is blessed with an amazing leadership team and a wonderful team of staff to serve. After 22 years of living in Fargo, she relocated to Bemidji; she loves her new location and looks forward to serving the patients in their hospital as well as her community. She has been married for 21 years and has three children, 1 dog, and one snake.

Rachel Cooper

Sanford Health

Rachel is an Mpls native who went to South High School. Undergrad at New York University, Master’s in Bioethics at Columbia University, Medical School at the U of MN, Pediatrics Residency at the University of WI in Madison. Currently working as a Peds Hospitalist, covering Newborn Nursery, Special Care Nursery, Peds Floors, and Peds Consults in Bemidji, MN at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Special interests include health equity, pediatric and adult bioethics/conflict resolution/decisionmaking, pediatric hospice, and palliative care. Previous work as an EMT, Spanish, and French medical interpreter. 

Kurt Devine

St Gabriel’s

No bio at this time.

Courtney H

No information provided

Jenny Hall-Lande

Ph.D, MN-ADDM

Brian Grahan

Hennepin Health

No bio at this time.

Cresta Jones

MHealth Fairview

Dr Jones is a maternal fetal medicine and addiction medicine physician. She obtained her degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, adn completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and her fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Kelcee K

No description provided

Shelly M

No description provided

Deb Peters

NNP; Essentia Health – Duluth

Erin Plummer

Children’s

Erin is a neonatologist at Children’s Minnesota. She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr Plummer specializes in neonatal critical care at Children’s Minnesota. She is originally from Ohio and attended medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Her clinical interests include nutrition, growth, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature and critically ill infants. She is passionate about caring for infants hospitalized in the NICU and building relationships with their families. Dr Plummer is involved in the education of neonatal fellows, pediatrics residents, family practice residents and medical students. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

Frances Prekker

Hennepin Health

No bio at this time.

Karie Rabie

Native American Community Clinic

As a physician serving the Native American Community in Minneapolis, Dr Rabie is passionate about addressing the significant health disparities that impact Native Americans in Minnesota. To address these disparities she became buprenorphine waivered, and pursued specialty in Addiction Medicine. She is also passionate about educating the next generation of physicians to provide care to the Native Community in the context of community medicine. She provides care using the lens of harm reduction.

Phillip Rauk

MNPQC Executive Branch

Dr Rauk lead quality for Fairview System in OB for 10 years and serves at MHA as lead of their Perinatal Committee. He is the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety Department and an OB GYN at University of Minnesota.

Ruthie Dallas

Women’s Recovery Services

No bio at this time.

Sarah Riedel

Tri-County Health Care

RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST

Sarah is the OB Supervisor of a critical access hospital in Midwestern Minnesota. She has been married to her husband Nathan for 26 years. They live on a farm with beef cattle and pigs, and have 3 children- Daniel is 22, Megan is 17, and Abby is 15. Sarah has worked at TCHC for 26 years, first as a CNA, then LPN, then RN, BSN, IBCLC, and finally OB Supervisor.

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