Philadelphia Area Resources for COVID-19

Opioid Epidemic Response Training

The Health Federation of Philadelphia provides training and technical support to address the range of knowledge and skills needed to identify, assess, and treat patients for opioid use disorder in Primary Care settings.  This includes introducing the concept of medication assisted treatment to primary care teams, providing waiver training to primary care providers, and offering a range of support activities for providers to increase their skills and improve treatment delivery.

In 2020, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is offering an incentive program to encourage providers to complete their buprenorphine waiver training as well as the MAT Preceptor Program in 2020.  To support this program, the Health Federation of Philadelphia is planning waiver trainings and offering additional dates for the MAT Preceptor Program. 

For more information about this program, eligibility, and how to apply, please refer to the following FAQ or contact Catherine Abrams at

All programs will be online until further notice.


Buprenorphine Waiver trainings (click on dates to register):

8 Hour live Buprenorphine Waiver Training, October 9, 2020 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

8 Hour live Buprenorphine Waiver Training, November 6, 2020 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm 


MOUD Preceptor Program is now online!


Part A: Integrating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) into Primary Care

Next date is Friday, October 23, 2020

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Requirements: Registrants must have already completed their waiver training and submit their license, resume, and waiver certificate prior to receiving their observation dates.

CE: CME have been applied for.

Faculty: Jeffrey Hom MD, MPH, Lara Carson Weinstein MD, MPH, DrPH, Serge-Emile Simpson, MD, Maggie Lowenstein, MD, MPhil, MSHP, Nicole O’Donnell, CRS, Clifford Brown, and Manik Chhabra, MD.

Part B: “Clinical Experience”: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 am ** Online

or scheduled individually on-site

CE: CME have been applied for

Faculty: Lara Carson Weinstein, MD, MPH, DrPH, Maya Bass, MD, MA, FAAFP and Rachel Fox PA-C MHS AAHIVS.

For more info and to register, click here.


Registration is also open for the following MOUD preceptor dates (click on the dates for more information and to register):

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020

About the MOUD Preceptor Program:

Our mini-residency training offers content that is not covered in the buprenorphine waiver training for primary care providers who are seeking to refine their skills.  Specific topics covered include diversion, continued substance use, benzodiazepine use, point of care testing, harm reduction and pain management.  Cases will be presented to help participants discuss ways to address patient needs and discussion is encouraged.  Our faculty is highly experienced and are eager to help others navigate buprenorphine prescribing.


Perinatal OUD Training

Care and Treatment of Families Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Friday, September 25, 2020

8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Requirements: Physicians, PAs, and NPs must have already completed their waiver training prior to this training.

Education of the entire obstetric care team is important so nurses are welcome to attend this program as essential members of the obstetric healthcare team.

CE: CME and CNE have been applied for

Faculty: Laura Hart, MD, Roschanak Mossabeb, MD, Emily Rosenthal, MD, and Deborah Hinds, MPH

For more info and to register, click here.

About this program:

Obstetric providers in Philadelphia have witnessed the effects of the opioid crisis on patients and their families, including the high incidence of overdoses, many fatal, among postpartum women and the rising rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns.  In response, more OB providers are becoming X waivered and able to prescribe medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to their patients. 

The Health Federation of Philadelphia in collaboration with PDPH is offering a training to help support obstetric providers and nurses with details and reality-based explanations of best practices to treat and provide effective, compassionate care for pregnant and postpartum women with OUD. This training will supplement the content provided in the general waiver program, including buprenorphine dose titration and the experience of mothers following birth, to increase provider knowledge, comfort level, and experience when prescribing.  


Other Upcoming Opioid Response Program Events:


The Pharmacist's Essential Role in Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Settings

September 23, 2020 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

CE: Pharmacy; This program meets the PA pharmacy CE opioid requirement for re-licensure in 2020.

Faculty: Heather C. Murphy, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP and her brother, Sean Murphy

For more info and to register, click here.


“All I See is Trauma”: A PTSD Treatment Primer for Primary Care BHCs

September 25, 2020 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

CE: Social Work and Psychology

Faculty: Stacy Ogbeide, PsyD, MS, ABPP, CSOWM

For more info and to register, click here.