Perinatal Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention

May 12, 2023

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Target Audience

Primary care physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, substance use disorder professionals, or clinic staff who support behavioral health services.


Led by a panel of behavioral health experts, Behavioral Health ECHO helps participants learn best practices for treating common mental health conditions and connect with peers from around the state to discuss and learn best practices in identifying and treating behavioral health issues. The curriculum is delivered at no cost through case-based learning strategies via video conferencing technology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Name the components of a perinatal harm reduction plan. 
  2. Identify strategies to engage pregnant/postpartum patients in your practice who may not be ready for medication-assisted recovery. 
  3. Increase knowledge in overdose prevention and harm reduction in the pregnant and parenting populations.  


Nicole Gastala, MD

Dr. Gastala practices in the Department of Family Medicine at UI Health. Dr. Gastala focuses on preventative healthcare and chronic disease management for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and OB/GYN patients. She is interested in addiction medicine, including medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorders.


  • Residency: University of Iowa
  • Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/12/2023 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/12/2023 - 1:30pm CDT

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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There is no cost to attend.

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