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Virtual Grantee Meeting 2020 – Day Three

March 27, 2024

Movement & Meditation

Each morning of the Virtual Grantees’ Meeting, Dr. Deborah Teplow provided thirty-minute Movement & Meditation (M&M) session for attendees. These sessions were optional and explored how the science of behavior change can help you incorporate physical activity and mindfulness into your daily life.

Deborah Teplow, PhD, Institute for Wellness Education

Plenary Sessions

Tonya Randall, HRSA Office of Financial Assistance Management (OFAM)

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This session will provide updates on all the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services’ maternal health investments. The speaker will also share information about opportunities for Healthy Start grantees to participate and collaborate with maternal health awardees.

Kacie McLaughlin, MPH is a Public Health Analyst at the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services within MCHB/HRSA

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In this panel, the speakers will define key terms in birth/reproductive justice and equity and describe how birth/reproductive justice frameworks can translate to partnership development. They will outline opportunities to partner with others and sustain this work on the local level, including describing how doulas and nurses can work collaboratively. Finally, they will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on maternal health and share lessons learned during the pandemic.

Angela Doylinson Aina, MPH, Interim Executive Director at Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department at the University of California San Francisco, clinician-scientist at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive health

Joia Crear Perry, MD, FACOG, is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative

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Deirdre Cooper Owens and Sharla M. Fett, 2019: Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery American Journal of Public Health 109,1342_1345,

Scott, Karen A. MD, MPH; Britton, Laura PhD, RN; McLemore, Monica R. PhD, MPH, RN The Ethics of Perinatal Care for Black Women, The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: April/June 2019 – Volume 33 – Issue 2 – p 108-115 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000394

McLemore, Monica (2019). To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them. Scientific American.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance website:

Lunch Networking Cafés

    Speakers: Tamela Milan, MPPA, Westside Healthy Start

Craig Garfield, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, pediatrician at the Lurie Children’s Hospital (LCH) of Chicago, and the Founder and Director of the Family and Child Health Innovations Program (FCHIP)
Lee Warner, MD, Chief of the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch for the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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AJPH Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System for Dads
FCHIP Fathering During a Pandemic Report

The Division has reserved time at the end of the meeting for a Town Hall conversation with participants. Participants are encouraged to bring questions to the Town Hall that were not answered during the other sessions of the meeting.

Lee A. Wilson, DHSPS
Benita Baker, DHSPS