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New parent holding their baby. AAMC Center for Health Justice Maternal Health Incubator, May 24-25, 2022
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AAMC Center for Health Justice
Maternal Health Incubator
May 24-25, 2022

The AAMC Center for Health Justice Maternal Health Incubator is two-day virtual convening to generate a common understanding of the data needed to effectively address maternal health inequities. The meeting identified and shared evidence-based, innovative strategies to decrease racial and ethnic maternal health gaps and will lead to a collaborative, multisector action plan aimed at eliminating existing inequities through local, state, and federal policies and hyper-local collaborations. A report highlighting the proceedings and insights from the event will be released in fall 2022. Sign up for the Center for Health Justice newsletter for updates.

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New Research: From Pregnancy to Policy

A nationally representative poll of 1200 people who gave birth in the last five years shows a diversity of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences. More findings from this poll will be presented at the Maternal Health Incubator.

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Agenda

All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Day One: Current Landscape

Day One highlighting effective evidence-based, innovative, multisector strategies to close racial and ethnic maternal health inequities. 

Time Session
11:00 a.m. Welcome from the AAMC
Dr. Philip Alberti, Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice
11:10 a.m. Opening Keynote: It's More Than the Clinical
Dr. Zsakeba Henderson
11:30 a.m. Fireside Chat: Patient Perspectives
Speakers: Mariam Aydoun, Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Alannah Hurley, Dr. Tennille S. Leak-Johnson
12:30 p.m. Break
12:45 p.m.  Panel Discussions: Leading by Example
Moderator: Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell
Panelists: Dr. Wanda Barfield, Dr. Eugene Declercq, Sarah Kennedy, Roxana Richardson, Kristen Zycherman
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m.  What Birthing People Across the U.S. Are Saying
Logan Burdette, Health Policy Intern, AAMC Center for Health Justice
2:50 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Funmi Makinde, Health Equity Research Analyst, AAMC Center for Health Justice
 
Day Two: Action for Policy

Day Two focused on developing a collaborative, multisector action agenda to inform the creation of organizational, local, state, and federal policies that address relevant data for eliminating maternal health inequities.

Time Session
11:00 a.m. Welcome
Daria Grayer, Senior Lead Specialist, Policy Team, AAMC Center for Health Justice
11:15 a.m. Roundtable Discussion: Implications for Policy
Moderator: Ally Perleoni
Speakers: Dr. Kanika Harris, Anushay Hossain, Dr. Terri Wright
12:30 p.m.  Break
1:00 p.m. Action Planning: Building a Multisector Agenda for Maternal Health Equity
1:45 p.m. Break: Optional Networking
2:00 p.m. What's Next? Brainstorming Future Activities
2:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
Funmi Makinde, Health Equity Research Analyst, AAMC Center for Health Justice

 

Speakers

Philip Alberti
Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice
Mariam Aydoun
Community Activist, Washington, D.C.
Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director of the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Logan Burdette
Health Policy Intern, AAMC Center for Health Justice
Joia A. Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG
Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Sharice Davids, JD
Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas Third District
Eugene Declercq, PhD
Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health & Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD, MAS, FACOG
OB-GYN, Oschner Health & Medical Director, Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative and Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review for the Louisiana Dept. of Health
Daria Grayer, JD
Senior Lead Specialist for Science Policy and Regulations, AAMC Center for Health Justice
Kanika Harris, PhD, MPH
Director of Maternal and Child Health, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Zsakeba Henderson, MD
Senior Vice President of Maternal and Child Health Impact and Interim Chief Medical and Health Officer, March of Dimes
Anushay Hossain
Writer and Feminist Policy Analyst
Alannah Hurley and her baby
Executive Director, United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Sarah Kennedy, MPH
Senior Manager of Epidemiology and Evaluation, Generate Health STL
Tennille S. Leak-Johnson, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor of Physiology, Morehouse School of Medicine
Funmi Makinde, MPH
Health Equity Research Analyst, AAMC Center for Health Justice
Ally Perleoni, MA
Manager of Government Relations, AAMC
S. Roxana Richardson, JD
Medical-Legal Partnership Director, Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance’s Perinatal Legal Assistance and Wellbeing Project at MedStar Washington
Terri Wright, PhD, MPH
Health and Racial Equity Strategist, Public Health Scientist
Kristen Zycherman, RN, BSN
Maternal and Infant Health Initiative Lead and Maternal and Infant Health Subject Matter Expert, Division of Quality and Health Outcomes, CMS & CHIP