Improving Care for Opioid-exposed Newborns (ICON)

Baby looking at self in mirrorThe ICON project partners with the Vermont Department of Health and 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

Statewide Conferences

The upcoming April 7, 2020 conference, Moving Forward Together: Creating a Culture of Collaboration and Inclusion, has been postponed to the fall. The date is yet TBD. Thank you for your patience. 

Previous Conferences
April 9, 2019 Statewide Meeting: Strengthening the Continuum of Care for Opioid-exposed Newborns and Their Families


April 3, 2018 Statewide Meeting: New Frontiers in Caring for Opioid-exposed Newborns and Their Families
ESC Care Tools Presentation (video)