Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Community of Practice: Mindfulness Based Parenting Intervention for Women in Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
March 9, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom online meeting

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify maternal-child health disparities in a population of women in substance use treatment
  • Experience a Mindfulness-Based Parenting contemplative practice
  • Discuss how a trauma-informed Mindfulness-Based Parenting intervention addresses identified maternal-child dyad disparities

Presenters: Dr. Meghan Gannon & Dr. Diane Abatemarco

Meghan Gannon, PhD, MSPH is an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and a Mindfulness-Based Parenting Instructor at MATER with extensive mindfulness training. Her primary focus of research is working with pregnant and parenting women in substance use treatment to test interventions to improve attachment in the mother-child dyad. She also researches the impact of early exposure to trauma and lifetime vicarious trauma.

Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics, Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research Division (MATER) at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Abatemarco’s primary areas of research expertise is with underserved populations and include health behavior change, implementation science, primary care practice change, evaluation and outcomes, behavioral epidemiology and drug dependence treatment. Dr. Abatemarco’s primary research is focused on innovative interventions to enhance maternal child health.

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