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Belmont Hosts Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Conference

Belmont recently hosted a conference, “Equipping the Village: Tools for Helping a Family with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,” that focused on the care management needs of families with an infant that has been diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The conference was presented by Mary Linden Salter, Dr. Nicole Perez-Camoirano, Dr. Jessica Young, Dr. Stephen Patrick, Jennifer Drake-Croft and Loraine Lucinski. Each presenter focused on a component of the care management approach for families and promoted necessary resources for home and community support.

NAS Collaboration Coordinator Vicki Beaver said the workshop “provided varying perspectives and information on a growing and serious problem, neonatal abstinence syndrome. Over 150 professionals from across our state participated. We are very appreciative of Belmont for hosting this event. As noted by one of the attendees ‘kudos to Belmont staff and students that were so welcoming and accommodating today.'”

Dean of Belmont’s College of Health Sciences said, “We are so pleased to partner with the Consortium to raise awareness about this growing health challenge. Today’s Summit was a wonderful opportunity for practicing professionals, faculty and students to learn about the scope of the problem and new ways to promote the well-being of some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable young families.”