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Process research, or research that not only seeks to understand the outcomes but rather understand the change mechanisms that occur throughout the entire process, is an essential part of the Health Connections objectives. Huntington currently imports its best practices from other community who are not experiencing even half of the substance use epidemic and neonatal abstinence syndrome rates. It is time for Huntington to take the lead and conduct research from pre-conception through the lifespan on infants and individuals who are substance use exposed.


Every infant/toddler being raised in a family struggling with substance use will have the opportunity to build a healthy brain through healthy relationships with their caregiver and each of their family members will be supported in recovery and parenting.
Healthy Connections represents a collaborative treatment approach that encourages functional partnerships in recovery, educates families and the community about best practices and resources, and works to improve the quality of family relationships.

HealthY Connections

Healthy Connections is a collaborative community response to the treatment of mothers struggling with addiction and the well-being of their families. It undertakes the challenge of finding solutions to our region’s high rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome, substance abuse, and the resulting consequences for child development and family stability by better integrating the existing programs and services in the community and building upon them. It seeks to increase inter-agency efficiency through research, education, and collaboration for patients, students, and providers. Participating agencies are committed to utilizing and improving upon evidence-based practices. Healthy Connections consists of over 20 community organizations including representatives from Marshall Health, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Marshall University Department of Communication Disorders, Marshall University Department of Social Work, Marshall University Department of Psychology, Quality Insights, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Valley Health, City of Huntington, Cabell Huntington Health Department, River Valley CARES, River Valley Child Development Services, the Department of Health and Human Resources, Lily’s Place, Recovery Point WV, and several other agencies. The Healthy Connections Coalition partners with the Marshall University Substance Abuse Coalition in an effort to provide a solution to the effects of opiate addiction in our region.