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Identifying Research and Training Needs to Advance Maternal Health Policy and Equity

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

12:00 PM-2:30 PM

The 2021 Drexel MCH Symposium will highlight innovations in policy and practice to address maternal mortality and to identify data, research, and training needs. The symposium is grounded in the need to amplify existing, and identify new, solutions to address persistent inequities in maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. The event will include a call to action to increase awareness of and advocate for policies to improve maternal health and pregnancy outcomes. This event will engage policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and students focused on maternal and child health equity.

This event is hosted by the Maternal and Child Health Catalyst Program at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health and PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who are currently partnering within the Maternal and Child Health Research, Training, and Practice Collaborative along with the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Our goal is to prioritize data-informed and partner-informed approaches to addressing maternal and child health challenges in Philadelphia.

Agenda and Speakers:
  • An overview of HHS Initiatives for Addressing Maternal Health
    •  Lee Wilson, Director, Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia: Building Bridges to Birth Justice
    • Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP, Medical Officer of Women's Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
    • Simone Snead, Maternal Mortality Review Community Action Team Coordinator, Organizing Voices for Action, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Overview and Interview Findings
    • Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
  • A Landscape Analysis of the Black Maternal Health Organizations in Philadelphia
    • Lawryn Fowler, BS, MPH Candidate and MCH Catalyst Trainee, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Philadelphia Organizing Voices for Action Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Gabriella Nelson, Mother and Maternal-Child Health Policy Expert
    • Panelist: Representative Morgan Cephas, 192nd District/Philadelphia County
    • Panelist:Saleemah McNeil, CEO/Founder of Oshun Family Center, Curator of Maternal Wellness Village
    • Panelist:Jovida Hill, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Engagement for Women, City of Philadelphia
    • Panelist:Karen Pollack, Executive Vice President of Programs and Operations, Maternity Care Coalition
    • Panelist:Simone Snead, Coordinator, Organizing Voices for Action, Phila. Dept. of Public Health
    • Panelist:Dominique Powell, Community Action Network (CAN) Member/Maternal Health Advocate


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