The launch date for this Challenge will be September 2018. Sign up for updates.

About the The Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge

The Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support tech innovations to improve access to quality health care, including substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, recovery, and support services for pregnant women with opioid use disorders (OUD), their infants, and families, especially those in rural and geographically isolated areas.

As in the general population, there has been a rapid rise in opioid use among pregnant women in recent years resulting in a surge of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, increasing nearly fivefold nationally between 2000 to 2012. Despite this rising need, availability of services for pregnant and postpartum women is limited.

Family-centered approaches to recovery address many of the barriers to care that women and families face, and research shows that women are more likely to seek and stay in treatment longer if they are able to maintain their caregiving role while in treatment.


What is the goal of the Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge?

This challenge will support the development and testing of tech innovations that address many of the barriers that limit access to quality treatment, care, and support services for those with OUD, including pregnant women and new moms.