A collaborative community response to the treatment of pregnant and parenting families who are struggling with substance use disorder. It undertakes the challenge of finding solutions to our region’s high rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome, substance use disorder, 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.