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Community Journeys to Reduce Infant Mortality by Addressing Racism: Translating Learning into Action

Community Journeys to Reduce Infant Mortality by Addressing Racism  – Translating Learning into Action: April 22, 2010

Presenters

  • Brenda Thompson, MPH, CityMatCH
  • Rita Beam, MSN, RN,  Tri-County (CO) Health Dept
  • Carrie Hepburn, MS, Saint Petersburg (FL) Federal Healthy Start Project, Pinellas Cty Health Dept
  • Moderator:  Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA, CityMatCH 

 Learning Objectives
• Define key differences between health disparities and health equity
• Describe processes by which teams can effectively approach and address a complex and sensitive issue, such as racism
• Describe the role of local and state health departments and other community organizations in reducing infant mortality by addressing racism
• Identify at least two resources for local health departments to shape their efforts to reduce infant mortality by addressing racism

 

Meeting Description:

(NACCHO and CityMatCH co-produce "Emerging Issues in MCH" (E-MCH) webinars, presenting current research, policy and practice strategies on critical issues in US public health)

This webinar will describe how three national organizations and six communities across the country worked together to translate research and knowledge into action around one of the most sensitive topics we face in public health: racism.

In recent years, our understanding of the connections between racism, stress and pregnancy outcomes has increased, yet how to act upon that understanding remains complicated.

In 2008, CityMatCH, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation*, created the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality, with an aim to decrease racial disparities in infant mortality in U.S. urban areas.

This webinar details the first activity of this partnership: the Infant Mortality and Racism Action Learning Collaborative.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define key differences between health disparities and health equity
  • Describe processes by which teams can effectively approach and address a complex and sensitive issue, such as racism
  • Describe the role of local and state health departments and other community organizations in reducing infant mortality by addressing racism
  • Identify at least two resources for local health departments to shape their efforts to reduce infant mortality by addressing racism

NACCHO and CityMatCH have been renewed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to provide continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CECH, and CEU's) for the Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Series beginning October 20, 2009 through October 20, 2011. To view the accreditation statement, please visit http://www.naccho.org/topics/hpdp/mch/emch.cfm

Details
Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): CityMatCH & NACCHO Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA - host
 Presenter Information
Brenda Thompson, MPH
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Brenda Thompson, CityMatCH, leads work related to perinatal HIV prevention and eliminating racial disparities in infant mortality. She came to CityMatCH in 2006 on a 2year field assignment with the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She coordinated a national collaborative on promoting healthy weight in women of reproductive age as a means of improving pregnancy and birth outcomes. At CDC, Brenda worked in Health Impact Assessment, physical activity, built environment, healthcare preparedness and injection safety. Her passion for public health was sparked when designing and implementing an HIV education curriculum in Zimbabwe. That experience led her to pursue an MPH in global health at Emory University & additional international public health research in Mexico. Brenda is passionate about domestic public health, especially health equity and social justice.


Rita Beam, MSN, RN
 

Rita Beam is the Nurse Manager of Perinatal Services for Tri – County Health Department located in Englewood, Colorado.  Her career in maternal and child health began in 1972. She received her Masters Degree in Community Health Nursing from Colorado University School of Nursing. She is responsible for over site of prenatal MCH grant activities, access to care, and the perinatal case management programs, Prenatal Plus, Nurse Family Partnership, and Mother First for Tri – County Health Department. In addition, she provides leadership for a community collaborative, Healthier Beginnings for the Black Community, Aurora, CO, which is focused on reducing the health disparity related to the infant mortality rate in this population.  She is founder of the Lamp Lighter, nurse mentoring program, 2002 – present.  She is a member of CNA and on the state steering committee for Nightingale.  She is a RIHEL fellow, class 2007, and a member of CPHA, COSOPHE, and PHNAC President, 2008 – 2009.


Carrie Hepburn, MS
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Carrie Hepburn has over ten (10) years of experience working with women, children and families.  Her experience includes working with pregnant and parenting teens, coordinating a countywide coalition and implementing a peer education program.  In her current role as the Project Director for the St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project, Carrie works to increase community awareness regarding the perinatal health disparities that exists between White and Black infants and implements innovative strategies to improve birth outcomes. She provided program management, collaborative/community team building, planning, budgetary oversight and Project evaluation since 2006. Ms. Hepburn is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned a Masters in Environmental Science (1999) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Molecular Biology (1995).