Muskie School of Public Service

Muskie School Lunch & Learn

Join the Muskie School and Cutler Institute for a lunchtime presentation on Thursday, March 25, 2021, from Noon to 1 pm EST on Recent trends and treatment patterns for pregnant women with opioid use disorder in select states by Dr. Kate Ahrens, Assistant Research Professor of Public Health at the Muskie School. 

Dr. Ahrens will present findings from recent trend analyses of pregnant women with opioid use disorder in Maine, Vermont, and several other states. She will also present treatment patterns, postpartum healthcare use, and trends in neonatal abstinence syndrome diagnoses.


Dr. Kate Ahrens is an epidemiologist and assistant research professor in the Public Health Program at the USM Muskie School of Public Service. Her research focuses on maternal and child health. She joined the Muskie School after serving as a health scientist in the Office of Population Affairs, the federal office that administers the Title X Family Planning Program. Before that, she was a senior service fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics, where she conducted analyses using national datasets. Her current research involves studying the effects of contraceptive care on pregnancy spacing and health outcomes for women and children. She is also the co-investigator from Maine for the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network and a research investigator at the Maine Rural Health Research Center. Dr. Ahrens teaches courses on statistics and applied data analysis.

 When: Thursday, March 25, 2021 

Time: 12:00 Noon to 1 pm EST


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