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Movement & Meditation

Deborah Teplow, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Wellness Education

Each morning of the Virtual Grantees’ Meeting, Dr. Deborah Teplow will provide thirty-minute Movement & Meditation (M&M) session for attendees. These sessions are optional and will explore how the science of behavior change can help you incorporate physical activity and mindfulness into your daily life. On Day 1 (Wednesday, June 24) the M&M session will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. EST. On Days 2 and 3, the sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EST.

Plenary Session: Grants Management

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

Grants Management Plenary Slides

Plenary Session: Updates on the Division’s Maternal Health Investments

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

Maternal Health Updates Plenary Slides

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.

Plenary Session: Fostering Partnerships to Support Maternal Health

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

Using Innovation Grants to Support Maternal Health Slides


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.

Lunch Networking Cafés
1. Consumers: A Space for Healthy Start Consumers  

Tamela Milan, MPPA, Westside Healthy Start

Consumers Networking Cafe Chat Box

2. Maternal Mortality: How Do We Begin to Address Maternal Mortality?

Johannie Escarne, MPH, DHSPS

Maternal Mortality Networking Cafe Chat Box

3. Fatherhood: How to Better Connect Fathers to Healthy Start Program Services

Kenn L. Harris, NICHQ

Fatherhood Networking Cafe Chat Box

Plenary Session: Updates from the TA & Support Center

Kenn Harris, NICHQ
TA & Support Center Updates Plenary Slides

Plenary Session: Innovations in Fatherhood

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

Innovations in Fatherhood Plenary Slides

AJPH Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System for Dads

FCHIP Fathering During a Pandemic Report

In this panel, the speakers will explore the interaction between fathers, families, children and health outcomes. They will share approaches to understanding fathers and their roles in families today. Finally, they will review innovative methods for reaching fathers.

Healthy Start Town Hall/Q&A

Lee A. Wilson & Benita Baker, DHSPS

Healthy Start Town Hall Slides

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.

Wrap-Up/Weekend Send-off