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The 2023 MCH Conference will connect providers, researchers and community stakeholders who work across disciplines to address cross-cutting issues and innovations that improve the health of maternal-child populations and help families thrive.
All times are Mountain Standard Time and may need to be adjusted according to your own time zone. The schedule is subject to change.
Get to know MCH panelists and presenters:
|8:30-8:45 a.m.||Welcome message and land acknowledgement||
Arizona MCH Title V Block Grant
Join this session to learn about the Arizona MCH Title V Block Grant. You will learn about Title V and how it is utilized in the state of Arizona. Current MCH-focused initiatives occurring in Arizona and resources related to these initiatives will also be shared.
|Laura Luna Bellucci
Chief, Bureau of Women's and Children's Health
Arizona MCH and Children with Special Health Care Needs director
Arizona Department of Health Services
Early Childhood Mental Health: The Importance of Relationships
This workshop will offer an introduction to the mental health needs of infants and young children, the importance of the relationships young children develop with their caregivers, and mental health services that specialize in supporting young children and their caregivers through relationship-based services. The workshop will consider potential impacts of adverse experiences for young children and paths for recovery and healing.
Child therapist and training coordinator
Southwest Human Development, Good Fit Counseling Center and Harris Institute
Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression occurs in about one in seven women and can begin anytime within the first year after giving birth. This session will address postpartum depression in the connection to breastfeeding.
Executive director and founder
Better Together: Recovery is Possible, and We All Deserve Do-Overs
Substance use disorder has been increasing across the country over the last decade. Arizona is one of a few states with the greatest increase in the percentage of maternal opiate-related diagnoses since 2010. In this session, non-stigmatizing, trauma-informed dyad-centered care practices, policies, and recovery focused supports for newborns and their parents will be explored and discussed.
State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women project director
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
|11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.||
Supporting Opioid Dependent Pregnancies Through Collective Impact
Hushabye Nursery practices the model of Collective Impact, a community model that organically grows a system of care for the families of Arizona using existing community providers and agencies. Audience members will learn how Hushabye Nursery was developed, trends in opioids around Arizona, and how community agencies are pulling together to serve Arizona families.
Words Matter: The Language of Health
The words that we choose for health communications can be empowering, inclusive, respectful, and can strengthen the community’s trust in us as public health professionals, or they can be divisive, biased and exclusionary. There are many things to consider when crafting health messages for our priority audiences, including health equity principles, health literacy, asset-based language, and trauma-informed care, to name a few. This presentation will give a brief overview of why words matter, introduce the Language of Health Style Guide and other guiding principles that can help shape our health communications, show examples of how Arizona Department of Health Services’ Power Me A2Z folic acid program updated its messaging to be more inclusive and equitable, and allow participants to practice improving health messages.
Parental and child health dietitian
Arizona Department of Health Services
Emerging Practice and Research
Presentation of various topics related to maternal and child health, followed by discussion and live Q&A with the presenter.
Prescribing Ethics for Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
This ethics session will address strategies to integrate ethics for co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorder to better support individuals pre- and post-birth.
Clinical associate professor
College of Health Solutions
Emerging Research Lightning Talks
Presentation of various topics related to maternal and child health will be available as an online gallery. Each presenter will be available live in individual Zoom rooms for discussion and Q&A. Attendees will be able to hop in and out of Zoom rooms to interact with different presenters.