Colorado AIM: Substance Use Disorder Learning Collaborative (CO AIM: SUD)

CO AIM: SUD aims to prevent and eliminate suffering and maternal mortality related to substance use and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by focusing on the implementation of universal screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in labor and delivery units. CPCQC supports participating care teams in implementing the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) patient safety bundle for Care for Pregnant and Postpartum People with Substance Use Disorder. Our team provides individualized quality improvement coaching and technical assistance, data support, education for providers on screening, treatment and care, and a strong network and community of practice among other teams implementing the bundle.  

Clinical teams participate in coaching calls focused on peer education, collective problem-solving, and topical presentations. They also present on new topics and share lessons learned from their hospitals or clinics. This program encourages continued collaboration amongst teams, improved care and knowledge among healthcare providers in perinatal health spaces, and decreased stigma related to substance use disorders and mental health challenges.

Community Impact

  • CO AIM: SUD is implemented in hospitals which deliver 47% of Colorado births.
  • In the last fiscal year, hospitals participating in CO AIM: SUD screened a combined 8,371 patients for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), 9,072 patients for Depression, 8,800 patients for Anxiety, 244 patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and 1,769 patients for Social Determinants of Health (SDoH).

Program Partners

Funded by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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Connected Programs

  • IMPACT BH aims to integrate behavioral health care by bringing together hospital- and community-based care teams to provide wrap-around support and care navigation through pregnancy, birth, and one year postpartum.
  • Maternal Overdose Matters Plus (MOMs+) is a part of the IMPACT BH program and an extension of the work of the Colorado MOMs Initiative. MOMs+ is focused on helping birthing hospitals statewide provide equitable access to treatment and recovery for perinatal patients with substance use disorders.

Learn More About Participating in CO AIM: SUD

CO AIM: SUD is open to all birthing hospitals, hospital labor and delivery teams, and outpatient obstetric care clinics in Colorado, with financial rewards for participation and engagement. Support from the CPCQC team is completely free of charge. Participants are asked to be active collaborators in the learning process and to submit data tracking to demonstrate progress.

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