Melinda Ramage is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Project CARA (Care that Advocates Respect, Resilience, and Recovery for All). Project CARA provides comprehensive substance use treatment within a high-risk obstetrical care program at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). This program works with the direct support of a team of community partners that include comprehensive mental health, outreach programs, and hospital care services.
Project CARA has supported more than 800 patients with substance use disorders across 16 WNC counties since its founding in 2014. Program faculty provide direct education and training in perinatal substance use disorders to; addiction medicine fellows, obstetrical, family medicine, pharmacy and psychiatry residents; pharmacy students; nurse practitioner students; and other health sciences learners.