Supporting Pregnant Women and New Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder

Pacify is proud to partner with the Altarum Institute to develop new tools for supporting pregnant women and new mothers with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) as part of the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Opioid Challenge.

Thank you to the Health Resources & Service Administration for hosting this challenge and for selecting Altarum and Pacify as Phase 1 Winners!


The use of opioids during pregnancy has increased dramatically over the last two decades.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the number of women with opioid use disorder at labor and delivery quadrupled from 1999 to 2014.

Pregnant women and new mothers who struggle with OUD face difficult barriers to accessing care and treatment, including stigma, discrimination, and interactions with the criminal justice system.

Growing smartphone ownership across the country presents a unique opportunity to support these women, especially those living in under-resourced communities where in-person support is often not readily available.

This HRSA Opioids Challenge supports innovative technology-based solutions to improve access to quality health care for pregnant and new mothers struggling with OUD.

Solutions will aim to increase access to:

  • Substance use disorder treatment
  • Recovery support
  • Other support services for women with OUD, their infants and their families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas

The goal of this challenge is to use technology to provide women the access to treatment and recovery services to keep them and their children healthy and substance use disorder-free.


Mission: To improve the health of America’s mothers, children and families.

Vision: An America where all children and families are healthy and thriving, and have a fair shot at reaching their fullest potential.

Approach: To achieve it's vision, HRSA MCHB relies upon evidence-based strategies to implement programs and monitor their effectiveness through data-driven means.

MCHB commitment aligns with the broader goals of HRSA:

  • Improve access to quality health care and services
  • Strengthen the health workforce
  • Build healthy communities
  • Improve health equity
  • Strengthen program operations
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