Infant Mortality Summit: Archived Presentations

Morning Plenary

Official Welcome
First Lady Crissy Haslam

John Dreyzehner, MD MPH FACOEM, Commissioner
Tennessee Department of Health

National Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts
Michael Lu, MD MS MPH
Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health
Health Resources Services Administration
US Department of Health and Human Services

Overview of Infant Mortality and Importance of Community-Based Approaches
Veronica Gunn, MD MPH FAAP
Medical Director, Community Services
Children’s Hospital and Health System, Wisconsin

Success Story:  Kentucky—Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait
LeAnn Todd Langston, RN, Manager
Trover Health System Center for Women's Health

Katrina Thompson, AA BS MSW, State Director of Program Services & Public Affairs
March of Dimes Greater Kentucky Chapter

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Afternoon Plenary

Mobilizing Communities for Change
Dr. Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, Chief Executive Officer
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

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Breakout Sessions

Substance Use/Impact on Pregnancy:  Part 1 and Part 2
Beth Bailey, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine
East Tennessee State University

Incorporating PPOR into Community IM Efforts
Chad Abresch, MEd, Executive Director

Laurin Kasehagen, MA, PhD
CDC Assignee to CityMatCH

Safe Sleep
Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD MPH, Director, Bureau of Infants, Children, and Families
Metropolitan Nashville Health Department

Michael Warren, MD MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Family Health and Wellness
Tennessee Department of Health

Marketing Your Message
Lorraine Lathen, President
Jump at the Sun Consultants, LLC

Mobilizing/Engaging Community Teams
Chad Abresch, MEd, Executive Director

Laurin Kasehagen, MA, PhD
CDC Assignee to CityMatCH

The Impact of Maternal Chronic Illness on Birth Outcomes
Janice E. Whitty, MD
Professor and Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Chief of Obstetrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Meharry Medical College

Anna Morad, MD FAAP
Co-Director of Newborn Nursery and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Understanding the Life Course Perspective
Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN
Dean, Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing Belmont University

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