Social Work Continuing Education Workshop


February 16, 2018

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hawai'i Loa Campus, AC 209

Haley Lytle, 808-544-0234,

HPU School of Social Work presents their first Continuing Education Workshop of 2018! This workshop entitled "Population-Based Survey Surveillance System Data to Investigate Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy in Hawai'i" will be taught by HPU's very own Assistant Professor of Public Health, Dr. Emily Roberson. 


Dr. Roberson has been working in the field of public health for over 10 years, primarily focused on maternal and child health and epidemiology. She has an MPH in Global Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Prior to joining HPU, Dr. Roberson was the Program Coordinator for the Hawaii State Department of Health's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) from 2008 until 2015. Additionally, from July 2016 to June 2017, Dr. Roberson served as Public Health Advisor as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Emergency Response in the Pacific Region. Dr. Roberson's most recent research has focused on substance use (legal, illegal, and prescription) before, during, and after pregnancy in Hawaii. 


The learning objectives for this workshop include: 

    • Describe challenges in measuring population prevalence of prescription drug use
    • Illustrate recent trends in prescription opioid use in the United States
    • Discuss strengths and limitations of self-reported measures of prescription opioid use during pregnancy
    • Review population-based prevalence estimates of prescription opioid use during pregnancy in Hawaii 
    • Evaluate associations between prescription opioid use during pregnancy and select birth outcomes in Hawaii
    • Discuss avenues for future research into the topic of prescription opioid use during pregnancy    

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