Tosha Hill LSW and Priscilla Conley RN, BSN, MSN, discuss HOPE, the difference it makes in the lives of women in Cincinnati, and a recent award from First Step Home.
Through the Helping Opiate-addicted Pregnant women Evolve (HOPE) program, TriHealth provides safe and non-judgmental care to chemically dependent women throughout greater Cincinnati.
HOPE Program: What We Do
The goal of our program is to have better birth outcomes and reduce preterm labor through developing personalized care plans for each patient. An individual's treatment plan usually involves a combination of the following:
- Case management
- Social work support
- Referrals to available community support services
- Nutrition counseling
- Financial counseling
- Referrals to Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) Facilities/Subutex providers
- Ongoing follow up with MMT facility counselors
- Referrals to outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities
- Referrals to prenatal care
- Ongoing patient follow up at the Good Samaritan Hospital Faculty Medical Center Prenatal Clinic staffed by OB/GYN residents who are supervised by maternal fetal medicine physicians.
- Prenatal care, as well as, follow up for high-risk pregnancy problems with state-of-the-art interventions to reduce the risk of preterm birth and optimize pregnancy outcomes.
HOPE Program: Measuring Success
We offer comprehensive prenatal care integrated with chemical dependency treatment to reduce the average low birth weight in this population, and improve the percentage of patients who remain substance-free during their pregnancy.
Specific Maternal Measures:
- Toxicology results
- Involvement in chemical dependency treatment programs
- Compliance with prenatal appointments
- Gestational age at delivery
- Gestational age at entry of care
Specific Neonatal Measures:
- Birth weight
- Gestational Age
- Length of Stay
How Are Referrals Obtained?
- Positive drug screens on new or existing patients at the Good Samaritan Hospital Faculty Medical Center
- Outside agencies, such as inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation programs, methadone maintenance programs, drug court, self-referrals
| Our Team
Tosha Hill, LSW, Social Worker
Tosha is passionate about her work with women in addiction, and she believes that women in addiction should always feel valued and empowered. Ongoing case management is her primary role, helping to ensure that the women in the program will have a successful birth outcome. She works in collaboration with other community agencies that have the same purpose of achieving better birth outcomes for women in addiction. She also provides training and education on opiate addiction in pregnancy to new nurses entering into TriHealth.
She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has worked over 16 years in the field of social work with a concentration in the area of children and families.
Priscilla Conley RN, BSN MSN, Nurse Case Manager
Priscilla is passionate about her work with the HOPE team and always looks forward to working with the underserved population. She values the humanitarian traits she learned early in life and has spent her entire career focusing on helping and offering hope to those who need it most. For a great part of her career she worked in obstetrics and psychiatry, as well as drug and alcohol abuse clinics.
Priscilla received her bachelor of science in nursing from the College of Nursing and Health. She earned her master’s of science in nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. She specializes in psychiatry and substance abuse.