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WSU Spokane will host the Inland Northwest Research Symposium on March 23. This interdisciplinary program highlights current research and innovations in the health sciences at WSU Spokane. All faculty, student and community researchers are invited to submit abstracts and posters.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

  • 9:00 – 11:30 am: Poster Presentations – SAC 3rd Floor

Keynote Speaker – Hendrée E. Jones, PhD

Title: Developing and Implementing Evidence-based Care for Pregnant and Post-Partum Patients with Opioid Use Disorder and their Children
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Nursing Building 205 or virtual
  • Open to all. Lunch provided.

Join the Live Presentation



Heather Byrd

Hendrée E. Jones, PhD
Executive & Division Director, UNC Horizons
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hendree Jones.

Women, people who become pregnant and their children have not been spared from the opioid crisis in the United States. In the last 20 years, maternal mortality rates in the United States increased.  Deaths related to suicide and overdose may be the leading contributors to maternal mortality up to 1 year postpartum. Relatedly, parental drug use is a frequent driver of child welfare involvement with the number of cases increasing as the opioid crisis expands.

This presentation aims to review the historical and present context that drives the continued crisis for women, birthing people, and their children, and offers hope and solutions to reverse the tide to save lives and break the intergenerational cycles of harm and loss. Discussed will be the current evidence-based recommendations to care for pregnant and postpartum women, people and their children, along with ways to facilitate collaboration and inclusion to promote positive mother/birthing parent and child outcomes.

2023 Inland Northwest Research Symposium Timeline

  • Call for Abstracts:  Begins February 1
  • Abstract Submittal Deadline:  February 28
  • Abstract Review/Approval: On or near March 3 (presenters notified via email)
  • Inland Northwest Research Symposium & Keynote:  Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • Poster Presentations:  9am – 11:30 am
    • Keynote Speaker/Luncheon: Noon – 1:00 pm