New PediaLink Course Now Available: Recovery-Friendly Care for Families Affected by Opioid Use Disorder

Description & Learning Objectives

There is much at stake when parents in early opiate recovery welcome a new baby into their home. Parents are often strongly motivated to maintain recovery and be excellent parents. For the infants, successful support can mean early upstream Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) prevention.

Pediatricians working with young children and families affected by opioid use often encounter challenges when initiating successful and sustainable practices in coordinating care for postpartum people with opioid use disorder (OUD), and infants diagnosed with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). This course aims to support community pediatricians and their teams in implementing recovery-friendly approaches and environments within the patient- and family-centered medical home framework.

This course is organized in 3 units.

 Unit 1: Benefits of Coordinated Care

Upon completion of Unit 1, you will be able to:

  • Explain the potential positive health outcomes of a strength-based trauma informed approach  for infants with NOWS and birth parents with or recovering from OUD.
  • Describe the racial and ethnic disparities in care for newborns and infants exposed to prenatal opioids.

Unit 2: The Pediatric Medical Home

Upon completion of Unit 2, you will be able to:

  • Outline the components of a recovery friendly pediatric practice and how they integrate within the pediatric medical home.
  • Highlight the disproportionate involvement of children of color in the child welfare system and the role of racism within the medical system contributing to these disparities.

Unit 3: Multidisciplinary Pediatric and Adult Care

Upon completion of Unit 3, you will be able to

  • Describe practical strategies for collaboration of multidisciplinary pediatric and adult provider teams to facilitate access to quality, comprehensive, and continuous care.
  • Describe the disparities in opioid use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women of color.

Credit Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Enduring Materials 1.00
AAP Credit Only
AAP Credit 1.00
NAPNAP Credit Contact Hours 1.00
MOC Part 2


All completion requirements must be met before notification to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

The point assignments are managed by the ABP and subject to change. Visit for more information.


Registration Fees

AAP Member: FREE

Non-Member: FREE

Course Details

Start Date: June 15, 2022

Online Access Expires: June 14, 2025

Credit Expires: June 14, 2025

Activity Type: Asynchronous Online Course

Course ID: 59630


This material was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $500,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Subject Matter Experts 

Davida Schiff, MD, MSc, FAAP

Steven Chapman, MD, FAAP

Andrew Hsi, MD, MPH, FAAP



Rachel Daskalov

Tiffany Colarusso