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Addressing Gaps in Comprehensive Treatment for Birthing people of Color with Comorbid SUD: Implementing a Targeted Approach

Hispanic and African American women generally have lower mental health and substance use treatment utilization; in addition, pregnant Hispanic and Black women who enter SUD treatment report higher rates of unmet mental health support than their white counterparts. Racism and discrimination within healthcare systems remain a persistent barrier to accessing treatment among minoritized women with SUD. With the gaps in comprehensive treatment within these populations, providers should find more targeted approaches that include culturally appropriate screening and treatment to reduce the care disparity and access to treatment. In this webinar, the panelist will discuss challenges around providing care to pregnant individuals with co-occurring SUDs and mental illness and review evidence-based harm reduction strategies and best practices for treating pregnant and nursing parents.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the complex interaction of pregnancy, addiction, and mental illness in treatment planning.
  • Explore culturally appropriate approaches to care.
  • Examine gender-responsive approaches to treatment and recovery.
  • Assess current treatment recommendations.

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, Non-psychiatrist Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Peer Specialists 

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Event Date: July 11, 2023
Credit Claim Date: July 11, 2026

How to Earn Credit

In support of improving patient care, American Psychiatric Association (APA) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Caridad Ponce Martinez, MD, FAPA, FASAM. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

  • Regina James, MD, APA. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/11/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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