University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)

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Improving Care for Opioid-exposed Newborns (ICON)


The ICON project partners with the Vermont Department of Health and the The University of Vermont Children's Hospital to improve health outcomes for opioid-exposed newborns. Improved health outcomes are achieved by provision of educational sessions on up-to-date recommendations and guidelines to health care professionals who provide care for opioid-dependent pregnant women and their infants.

The project also maintains a maternal and newborn population-focused database for tracking process and outcome measures. This data is used to identify gaps in care and systems related resources; the project addresses these gaps through quality improvement initiatives, focused on enhanced care processes and systems’ changes.


  • Improved availability of, and access to prenatal and postnatal care for opioid-dependent, pregnant women and opioid-exposed infants
  • Coordination of services for women to connect them with substance abuse treatment providers, housing, newborn care, and resources to support and achieve a healthy family
  • Promotion of evidence-based guidelines for use by health care practitioners who provide management of the newborn infant


  • Development of The Care Notebook, a resource guide for opioid-dependent mothers
  • Creation of resource booklets for providers working with pregnant women in treatment for opioid-dependence
  • Provision of ongoing educational training sessions throughout Vermont
  • Collaboration with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (ADAP) on providing tools and resources for substance abuse screening
  • Improved tracking of Hepatitis C-exposed infants

Project Contact

Adrienne Woike

Last modified July 18 2016 09:27 AM