Health & Opioids Use OD2A Collaborative Meeting

An Invitation to Participate
Help us improve interventions to address opioid use during the perinatal period

Join us July 9th on Zoom. See the registration link below.
For questions, please email Tomas Torices at

Dear Stakeholder,

Our Chapter is participating in a CDC funded grant to address perinatal mental health and enhance community-based health services for parents with substance use disorders. Upon connecting with several counties over the past few months, I discovered you all are doing some incredible work within your communities. Our objectives are as follows:

  • Foster a territory-based approach to addressing fragmentation in the health and human services systems for parents in the perinatal period regarding mental health and substance use.

  • Enhance collaboration between pediatricians, other physician groups, public health partners and other community-based providers to reduce overdose and overdose death and increase self-efficacy in facilitating mental health and substance use treatment for parents during the perinatal period.

  • Demonstrate the viability of state, territory and jurisdiction approaches to promoting parental mental health and reducing overdose and overdose deaths during the perinatal period based on OD2A and other state and jurisdiction data.

Our overall goal is to develop and implement a community-based action plan to promote quality improvements in our seven-county region for families related to neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. As part of this effort, we would like to convene a minimum of two stakeholders to represent each county to provide inputs that could help us bridge the silos and improve our overall effectiveness in the planning, implementation and assessment of strategies to promote perinatal mental health and reduce overdose and overdose deaths in pregnant and parenting individuals.

Addressing the Perinatal Maternal Health & Opiodid Use In Our Community Together
July 9, 2024
10 am – 12 pm PST
on Zoom

American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 serves seven of the nine counties in Southern California. By representing your county, you will be partnering to achieve two primary goals:

  1. Improve inter-county collaboration and identify best practices to support our collective efforts,
  2. Increase visibility of key stakeholders and initiatives we can leverage across our jurisdictions.

Preliminary Agenda

10:00 AM – Welcome  (Tomás Torices, MD – Executive Director, AAP-CA2)

10:05 AM – Opening Discussion  (Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP – President, AAP-CA2)

10:20 AM – County Roundtable  (Each County Representative)

  • What is working in your county?
  • What do you have that you can share?
  • What are your long-term strategic imperatives?

Followed by breakouts, close out discussion and action planning.

Facilitators representing the American Academy of Pediatrics

Rachel Daskalov, Senior Director, Public Health Initiatives
American Academy of Pediatrics
630.626.6063 |

Shavonne Reed, Communications Consultant and Project Manager
AAP Contracted Firm OPUA Agency
770.289.8977 |