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April 11, 2024 | Online

2024 Maternal and Child Health Conference: Translating Policy into Action

Maternal and Child Health Conference

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Time Session Speakers
8:30-8:45 a.m. Introductory remarks
Welcome message Corrie Whisner, PhD, and Cady Berkel, PhD
Land acknowledgment Carolyn Camplain, PhD, JD
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Speaker session 1: Overview of Policy Advocacy Process in Maternal and Child Health
Becoming a Change Agent: Advocacy in Action Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal
9:45 - 10 a.m. Break
10 - 11 a.m Speaker session 2: Defining the Problem
Bridging Gaps, Building Trust: Partnerships for Maternal and Child Health Carolyn Camplain, PhD, JD
Addressing Rural Arizona’s Maternal and Child Health Health Workforce Needs: Issues and Solutions Breanna Koch, DrPH
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Abstract session 1: Emerging Practice and Research
Association Between Community Eligibility Provision and Student Weight Outcomes Tatum Dykstra, BS
From Stigma to Hope to Healing: A SHIFT in Perspective on Prenatal Substance Exposure Clay Jones, MEd, IMH-E
Improving Culturally Competent Care of Refugee Expectant Mothers in Maricopa County Julia Lorence, MPH
Innovative Solutions Award for Advancing Maternal and Child Health Outcomes
Using Geographic Information System Data to Measure Medications for Opioid Use Treatment Access for Pregnant and Parenting Women Matthew Martin, PhD
Bringing Stillbirth to Light: Advocating for Inclusion in Federal Funding Jenifer Rowray, BA, and Shawn Soumilas, BS
Theme-Centric Excellence Award for Outstanding Abstract Contribution
Parental Perceptions of In-person and Telehealth Home Visitation After Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Discharge Abdullah Virk
Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Abstract
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch break
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Speaker session 3: Leveraging Community Partners in Policy Action
Community Power Building and Policy Action Grace Gamez, PhD, and Becca Fealk, MPA
Keeping Families Together: Preventing Pregnancy Surveillance and Criminalization Eloisa Lopez, BA, and Julie Gunnigle, JD, BS
1:45 - 2 p.m. Break
2 - 3 p.m. Speaker session 4: Closing the Gap
Innovative Solutions to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes Roshini Moodley Naidoo, MBChB, MPH, MBA
Do Longer Lengths of Postpartum Coverage Allow an Earlier Start to Treatment? Results from North Carolina Medicaid Marisa Domino, PhD
3 - 4 p.m Abstract session 2: Emerging Research Lightning Talks
Exploring Data Work for Obstetric Quality Improvement in Hospitals Pooja Chitre, MPH
Ratings of the Effectiveness of 13 Therapeutic Diets for Autism Spectrum Disorder Julie Matthews, MS
Moms and Babies First: A Mental Health Perinatal Program at The Guidance Center Lizette Melis, MS, MEd, and Dr. Teresa Bertsch
Health System Strategies to Address Disparities in Hypertension Management and Control Roshini Moodley Naidoo, MBChB, MPH, MBA
Improving Outcomes: A Comprehensive Approach to Preconception Health Screening Shawn Soumilas, BS
Oral Health and Pregnancy Michelle Ned, DBH
4 - 4:05 p.m Closing remarks Rizwana Biviji, PhD