Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Women ECHO

Program goal

We aim to provide medical and social service providers with continual technical assistance in delivering patient-centered, empathetic care for women who have substance use disorder.

About the Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Women ECHO

More than 630,000 people died due to drug overdose in the U.S. between 1999 and 2016. Substance use has also historically been thought of as a male problem, but this gender gap is narrowing as, increasingly, women make up a greater population of the individuals with SUD. Research has shown women can be at greater risk for a variety of medical and psychosocial consequences from using substances. There are effective treatment programs, including medication for opioid use disorder treatment (MOUD) available, and newer research indicates that gender-based considerations should be made when thinking about diagnosis and treatment decisions for SUD. As research trends emerge showing differences in gendered treatment for SUD, building capacity in providers to address gendered approaches to treatment is vital. This ECHO program aims to help providers understand substance use disorder across the lifespan.

Who should attend?

  • Clinical providers (MD, DO, PA, NP)
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Medical residents, fellows and students
  • Community health workers
  • Case managers
  • Peer support
  • Management and staff within recovery homes
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about providing best practice care to women with substance use disorder

Meet our team

  • Beth Tranen, DO, MS, FABAM
  • Charrisa Riggs, FNP-C
  • Taylor Riedley, PharmD, BCPP
  • Natasha Mendoza, MSW, PhD

Program schedule

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Program Contact:
Elisabeth Williams, MPH

General ECHO Inquiries:



Date Topic
April 8, 2022 Etiology and Gender Differences in Etiology
April 22, 2022 Drug-Specific Presentations (Opioids)
May 6, 2022 Harm Reduction (Adults vs. Adolescents/Pediatrics)
May 20, 2022 Women-Specific SUD Stigma
June 3, 2022 Barriers to Treatment for Women
June 17, 2022 Drug-Specific Presentations (Alcohol and Depressants)
July 1, 2022 Off for holiday
July 15, 2022 Community Resources
July 29, 2022 Drug-Specific Presentations (Stimulants)
Aug. 12, 2022 Drugs of Choice by Age Group
Aug. 26, 2022 SUD in Adolescents/Pediatrics (Screening)
Sept. 9, 2022 SUD in Adolescents/Pediatrics (Effective Communication)
Sept. 23, 2022 Vulnerable Populations (Transgender Youth and Adults)
Oct. 7, 2022 SUD Policy (Adults vs. Adolescents/Pediatrics)
Oct. 21, 2022 Recovery and Peer Support
Nov. 4, 2022 Co-Occurring Disorders (Eating Disorders)
Nov. 25, 2022 Off for holiday
Dec. 9, 2022 Vulnerable Populations (LGBTQ)

Case study

We highly encourage participants to present a case during our live sessions. Case studies are based on real-life scenarios and is an opportunity for a participant to request advice and recommendations from other participants and the Hub Team. If you have a patient case and would like to present during one of our ECHO sessions for clinical consultation and/or discussion, please fill out the form.