Equity, Race and Access to Midwifery Webinar Series

Barbara Blot with baby cropThis series will address the root causes of inequities in maternal and child health outcomes and examine the challenges of building a more representative midwifery workforce. Important research on the experiences of black midwives and students will be presented to inform our thinking about education and practice opportunities. National experts in public health and health policy, as well as midwives already making a difference in their own communities, will be featured. Action steps for the midwifery profession and for individual midwives on the ground will be explored as we more fully commit to increasing access to midwifery care for all childbearing people and increasing access for all aspiring midwives to the CPM profession.

Participation in the webinar series, as well as access to recordings, is free. CEUs, when available, are $15 per webinar.

 

Steps For CPM’s To Be Part Of The Solution To Inequities In Maternity Care
April 20, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, ET
1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Applied for

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This webinar will help CPMs understand the ways to negotiate and navigate the often complicated systems that provide perinatal health care for women and babies who are at particular risk for poor outcomes.Topics covered will include each level of the perinatal hierarchy; from the grass roots right through to the specialist regional perinatology teams, as well as methods of access and approaches to increase linkages.

Jennie Joseph, a British-trained midwife and women’s health advocate, moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey which has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child healthcare system, The JJWay®.

She is the Executive Director of her own non-profit corporation Commonsense Childbirth Inc. which operates two health centers in Orlando, Florida. Due to the poor birth outcomes experienced by low income and uninsured women she has established outreach clinics for women who are at risk of not receiving prenatal or gynecological care. Her ‘Easy Access’ Prenatal Care Clinics offer quality maternity healthcare for all, regardless of their choice of delivery site or ability to pay and have successfully reduced perinatal disparities. Jennie’s school, Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, trains and certifies midwives, doulas and perinatal paraprofessionals emphasizing culturally competent and community focused care.

Diversity Matters; What Are Our Challenges?
March 30, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm, ET
1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Applied for

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As we think about the changing demographics of our country, the critical difference that midwives of color make in improving health, and the future of midwifery, we must ask serious questions about how we can expand and diversify the profession. Policymakers and other health professionals are asking similar questions. This webinar explores the evidence supporting the imperative of diversity in the health professions and examines more closely the experiences of student midwives and midwives of color entering the CPM profession.

Keisha Goode, PhD

Keisha Goode, PhD discusses her research entitled Birthing, Blackness, and the Body: Black Midwives and Experiential Continuities of Institutional Racism.

Keisha is on the Board of NACPM.  She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at The State University of New York College. Her primary research area is Medical Sociology with specific attention to the medicalization of childbirth and the historical and contemporary complexities of black midwifery in the United States. She is completing a book proposal for the publication of her dissertation research. View Keisha Goode’s presentation slides here

 

Nancy Anderson, PhD, MPH

Nancy Anderson, MD, MPH, shares her research project/needs assessment sponsored by NACPM that aims to understand the barriers that women of color experience with respect to the midwifery profession, and to describe the optimal structure for a midwifery education scholarship program aimed at women of color.

Nancy is originally from New York City, and attended Barnard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She is a board certified pediatrician with an MPH in Maternal-Child Health from the University of Washington. Nancy spent five years working in Mozambique, and worked for the Department of Social and Health Services in Washington State for twelve years. She has taught public health in the division of Evening and Weekend Studies at The Evergreen State College and was adjunct faculty in the department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. Nancy is currently on the core faculty in a brand new program, a Master’s program in Maternal Child Health Systems in the Department of Midwifery. Her particular interests are health equity, global health issues, and the health of women and children, with a particular focus on the elimination of maternal infant health inequities in the US. View Nancy Anderson’s presentation slides here

Social and Physiologic Impact of Racism in Maternal-Child Health – Part 2 
January 26, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm, ET
1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Applied for

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This webinar examines how racism has specific health consequences that cross socioeconomic and generational lines, describes important new research on the physiological effects of racism, summarizes key literature on race and maternity care, discusses the implications for midwives, and examines the role that federal programs can play to address and reduce disparities.

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Tanya Khemet, LM, CPM, MPH, is a Graduate Student Researcher enrolled in a PhD program in Epidemiology at University of California – Davis.  She is conducting research on the role of prenatal maternal stress on infant neurodevelopment and immune system functions.  She also serves as Co-President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. Tanya is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Midwifery in both the Master of Science in Midwifery and the Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems programs. She also provides midwifery care on a part-time basis at CommuniCare Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center with clinics in urban and rural communities around the Sacramento area.  Tanya will be introducing our speakers today.

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Dr. Michèle Groark Curtis MD, MPH, MML, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and third year law student (JD and LLM, anticipated May 2017) with expertise in women’s health, health policy, bioethics, and medical law. Dr. Curtis serves as a voting member of the Medicaid and CHIP regional advisory committee (Region 6, Texas) in providing recommendations on the programs to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), facilitates and responds to input from the public and various stakeholders, and forwards those comments to HHSC.  Dr. Curtis is recognized for her ability to explain complex medical issues to leaders of healthcare systems, clinicians, policy and business professionals, politicians, patients, patient families, and students. She has a history of designing and managing successful clinical trials and studies, persuading key funders to participate, and reviewing grants for National Institute of Health. Her experience includes working in clinical practice in academic medicine and U.S. Senate, and advising Centers for Disease Control and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Dr. Curtis speaks about the lingering effects of early environments on adult biology and health in humans, such as epigenetic changes, factors related to racial and economic inequality that are predictors for adverse birth outcomes, and the continuity of environments across generations. She addresses how  racial discrimination in particular confers an elevated risk for poor birth outcomes. View Michèle Curtis’ presentation slides here

Camille Sealy, MPH, joined the Health Resources and Services Administration in November 2015.  She serves as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Legislation where she provides strategic direction and leads national legislative efforts for the agency around various issues including health workforce, maternal and child health, and primary care. Prior to that she worked on Health Insurance Marketplace coverage issues as a Program Analyst with the Office of Personnel Management’s National Healthcare Operations.  She also previously served as a health Legislative Aide to congressional members in both chambers.  During her time on Capitol Hill, Camille co-drafted the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 and also drafted provisions within the health reform law pertaining to maternal and child health, prevention and wellness and disparities.  Camille currently serves on the Board of Iris House, a New York City-based non-profit which provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  She is also a volunteer at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.  Ms. Sealy possesses a BS from Boston College, MEd from Saint Joseph’s University, and MPH from Emory University.

Camille Sealy speaks about disparities in maternal health and birth outcomes as well as access to care, policy implications associated with these disparities and policy changes and legislation needed to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. View Camille Sealy’s presentation slides here

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Shandanette Molnar, JD, is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law and Milken Institute of Public Health, where she earned Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health (Maternal & Child Health) degrees. Currently, Shandanette works as a Staff Attorney in the Bronx, NY, where she aids and counsels tenants and families facing the threat of eviction and advocates for those seeking Social Security disability benefits.  Shandanette is also a full-spectrum doula, Certificated Lactation Educator & Counselor, and childbirth educator with more than 10 years experience working with families to advocate for their reproductive health needs. Looking forward, she hopes to blend her legal advocacy skills and public health scholarship with her commitment to bettering reproductive health policy and reducing race- and income-based disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. She is particularly interested in intersectional approaches to health policy, strategies to address social determinants of health and access, and maternal health advocacy.

indra-luseroIndra Lusero, Esq., is the President and founder of the Birth Rights Bar Association and the director of Elephant Circle, and works as an organizer, trainer, and lawyer practicing family formation and regulatory law. Indra went to law school after attending a MANA conference in 2005 where folks lamented not having a “hot shot team of lawyers” who could help defend midwives. Indra has endeavored to become just such a lawyer. Indra’s law review articles “Challenging Hospital VBAC Bans Through Tort Liability” and “Making the Midwife Impossible: How the Structure of Maternity Care Harms the Practice of Home Birth Midwifery” are published in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law and the Women’s Rights Law Reporter respectively. Indra is honored to have been named “All Around Reproductive Justice Champion” in 2013 by the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. Indra is a genderqueer Latin@ parent with a diverse family of people from all over the world.

Shandanette Molnar and Indra Lusero present recent research on racism and birth outcomes, including racial discrimination as an independent risk factor affecting pregnancy and birth outcomes, and maternal, infant and child health. They include a statistical overview of racial disparities in birth outcomes and talk about recommendations to dismantle racism, improve US birth outcomes and eliminate healthcare disparities. View Shandanette Molnar and Indra Lusero’s presentation slides here

 

Keynote Presentation on Equity, Race and Access to Midwifery:
Social and Physiologic Impact of Racism in Maternal-Child Health – Part 1

January 5, 2017, 2:30 – 3:30pm, ET
1.0 MEAC CEs (0.10 CEUs) Approved

This webinar series shares new insights and identifies action steps we can take to impact health outcomes and increase diversity within the profession.

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Dr. Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH, became Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on November 3, 2011. Since joining HRSA, he has transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, launched major initiatives to reduce maternal,
infant, and child mortality in the U.S., and has been awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America (2013) and the HRSA Administrator’s Award for Equal Opportunity Achievement (2015). He has been voted one of the best doctors in America since 2005.

In response to decades of failed public health efforts to improve perinatal outcomes for women and infants of color, Dr. Lu developed a 12-point plan to reduce black-white disparities in birth outcomes using a comprehensive Life-Course approach that has become seminal in maternity care in the U.S. PDF of Dr. Lu’s webinar presentation slides

Keisha Goode, PhD

Dr. Keisha Goode, PhD, Public Member on NACPM’s Board of Directors, serves as Discussant, highlighting the significance of Dr. Lu’s work to midwifery, and specifically to the work of NACPM, followed by questions and discussion.

 

 

 

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