Substantial harm: Thinking critically about child-welfare referrals for parents with substance use disorders

Addiction Medicine Grand Rounds


noon to 1 p.m., April 4, 2024


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Learning Objectives

  • Appraise your understanding of how the medical system interacts with the child welfare system
  • Identify areas where implicit bias creates unintended negative outcomes for patients and their families
  • Propose changes to practice that can improve outcomes for patients and their families

Presenter Details

Assistant Professor
Case Western University School of Medicine

Zhao is an assistant professor at Case Western University School of Medicine who is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology as well as addiction medicine. Her clinical and scholarly work centers on the intersection between mental health, women’s health and social determinants of health. She helped launch the Reproductive Psychiatry service line at University Hospitals, and is the Director of RISE-Moms, a specialty clinic serving pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Clients within RISE-Moms are able to receive simultaneous perinatal and addiction care, as well as guidance from experienced social workers on navigating the treatment and child welfare spaces in Northeast Ohio. A major goal of RISE is to maintain the safe union of the mother-baby dyad, and to this purpose, RISE engages in advocacy work within educational, medical and legal spaces.

CME Credit/Disclaimer

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME Office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.