Statewide Learning Networks Focus on Social Determinants of Health, Contraceptive Care, and SUD Screening & Treatment During COVID-19

On May 5, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) facilitated a regional learning network session with the Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations in the Northeast region. The learning session focused on how to use motivational interviewing skills to screen for social determinants of health and how to connect patients to social services in the community.

On May 13, the PA Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) hosted a virtual quality improvement collaborative meeting with perinatal care teams from the PA PQC hospitals that focused on best practices for screening for substance misuse and engagement women in medication-assisted treatment during COVID-19. 

The PA PQC also kicked-off a pilot with three birth hospitals to develop the supporting structure, processes, team roles, and skills to offer comprehensive contraceptive counseling, including immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception. 

On May 14 and 28, the Centers of Excellence (COE) Learning Network hosted webinars with the Opioid Use Disorder COEs in Pennsylvania. The COEs reviewed their regional and statewide data trends, gained tactics for continuously improving their team roles, and heard from the Managed Care Organizations' Special Needs Units about how their care managers can partner with the COE teams to engage patients in comprehensive services.    

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