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10th Annual Perinatal Programs Statewide Meeting

“Familiar Story, Fresh Outlook: Addressing Social and Behavioral Factors in Perinatal Tobacco & Alcohol Use”


82 people attended the 10th Annual Perinatal Programs Statewide Meeting at the Grand Lodge Resort in Rothschild on March 12.

This year at the Statewide Meeting (SWM) we focused on gaining a fresh outlook on the social and behavior factors in perinatal tobacco & alcohol use. We had an excellent speaker line-up including our Opening Keynote, Jennifer S. Packard, MA, CTTS, Tobacco Treatment Specialist & Certified Wellness Coach. Ms. Packard  currently serves as a Treatment Program Counselor at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. During her session she encouraged providers to identify participant values and strengths as a means for guiding motivation and behavior change.

Bruce Christiansen, PhD, Psychologist and Senior Scientist at the UW Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention also joined us. His session covered research on assisting smokers reluctant to make a quit attempt who are impacted by low socioeconomic status and mental illness.

Lastly, Randall Brown, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at UW Hospital and Clinics, provided a focus session on the impact of other substance use during pregnancy along with screening and treatment options. With an extensive background in family medicine, addictive disorders and population health sciences, Dr. Brown was an outstanding speaker for this topic.

We were also fortunate this year to celebrate some major milestones in our Perinatal Programs. WWHF Executive Director, Tommi Thompson, delivered a speech commemorating the 15th & 16th thousandth woman enrolling into First Breath in 2014 and over 800 women being screen for prenatal alcohol use with the My Baby & Me screen tool. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating this important accomplishment!


WWHF staff enjoying the presentations at the 2015 SWM.

Evaluations from the event show that providers strongly agree that attending the 2015 SWM provided them with information they could use and was a valuable use of their time.

Attendees comments:

  •  “So glad I came! I can use this information in a lot of aspects of my nursing career.”
  • “Great use of time, length of presentations and breaks- Thank you!”
  • “Excellent! So glad I attended.”
  • “Thank you so much for putting together such a great conference. It was a great learning experience and there are many wonderful and exciting things I will be taking back to my co-workers.”
  • “Great job! Appreciate all you do!”

And thank you to our attendees and every health provider out there supporting our mission to help Wisconsin women and their families reach their healthiest potential!

New to the WWHF? Get familiar with our perinatal programs: First Breath, My Baby & Me

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