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Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health

September 29, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

via VideoCast

Maternal Health Workshop

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET, NINR will hold a virtual workshop on innovative models of care for reducing inequities in maternal health. The workshop will explore the utilization of nurses, midwives, and birth companions to improve maternal and infant health outcomes, specifically in women in health disparity populations. This event will be available to join via VideoCast.

Research Questions:

  • What is the impact of alternative birth settings and providers on maternal and infant health?
  • What are the elements of culturally appropriate, patient-centered care that are safe, effective, and adequately resourced?
  • What factors are important for the success of collaborative care in birth settings?
  • What are the structural barriers that inhibit women from health disparity groups from seeking health care during pregnancy?
  • What models, traditional and non-traditional, exist to address attainment of health literacy for health disparity populations during pregnancy and delivery and post-partum?  

Workshop Agenda

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Comments
Dr. Tara Schwetz, Acting Director, NINR
Dr. Diana Bianchi, Director, NICHD
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Address(es) by Workshop Chairs
Haywood Brown, MD, University of South Florida
Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Oregon State University
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Effects of Care Setting and Provider Type on Pregnant Families: Clinical Outcomes and Respectful Care
Kimberly Gregory, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical 
Eugene Declercq, PhD, Boston University
Saraswathi Vedam, RM MSN FACNM Sci D(hc), University of British Columbia
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Community Q&A
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lunch
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Integrated, Person-centered Care: Building Systems that Facilitate Inter-professional Collaboration
Keynote Address: Rachael Willard-Grace, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
Julia Phillippi,  PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Vanderbilt University
Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE, University of Pennsylvania

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Community Q&A
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Asking the Right Questions: Bridging Grassroots Organizations and Researchers for Maximum Impact
Robyn D'Oria, MA, RNC, APN, Central Jersey FHC
Pandora Hardtman, RN, CNM, FACNM
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Community Q&A
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Summary and Wrap-up

Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Univ. of Minnesota
Jeanne Murphy, CNM, PhD, George Washington Univ.
Vivienne Souter, MD, Univ. of Washington

Co-Sponsored by: NICHD, NIMHD, NIH ORWH, and NIH THRO


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