Agenda: September 12, 2005

06:00 am - 07:00 am

Nia Yoga

Participants were given the opportunity to get a taste of Nia style yoga Monday morning. Approximately 30 earlybirds took part in this free flowing exercise program.

08:00 am - 08:15 am

WGBH: RX for Child Survival

This year's exhibitor's breakfast, sponsored by Boston's local PBS station, WGBH and the Global Health Council, will feature RX for Child Survival, which focuses on the health of children and offers ways to give children in the developing world a fighting chance at living healthy lives by providing inexpensive, effective health interventions. RX for Child Survival aims to shift the world's understanding of global health and leave a legacy that reminds us all that, with the power of our combined voices, we can help prevent many child deaths and our shared planet can be a stronger, healthier place for everyone.

08:15 am - 10:00 am

Plenary III – Town Hall Meeting: The Science vs. the Practice in Addressing Preconception Health

Karla Damus, RN, MSPH, PhD
Christopher Parker, MPH, MPA
Milton Kotelchuck, MA, PhD, MPH
MC: Kay Johnson, MPH, MEd

At the recent National Summit on Preconception Care, professionals from medicine and public health discussed the evidence, current practices and opportunities to improve preconception health. At the same time, some public health leaders questioned whether we have evidence sufficient to support greater emphasis on preconception care? What do we know or not know? These are among the questions to be discussed in our "Town Hall" meeting. The purpose of this session is to focus on bridging science and practice and to discuss what data are ready to support action. The town hall meeting will promote continued communication and collaboration between the research, practice and policy communities. Answers to our most relevant questions will be sought: What does the research really tell us? When is the evidence sufficient to propose a new health prevention strategy? What happens when the science to support practice just isn't there? What are we ready to do now? And how can public health leaders help to improve the evidence through program development and evaluation?

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Action Breakouts
Preconception Health: Who Cares?


Speaker: Karla Damus, RN, MSPH, PhD

Although the majority of perinatal risk factors could be identified in the preconception period, each year hundreds of thousands of women give birth without the benefit of existing preconception health interventions. This session will identify the elements, limitations, benefits and challenges of preconception care. In addition, this session will inform participants about the current push in preconception and interconception health care to develop national guidelines and policies to support these interventions.

Maternal Depression


Speaker: Diana Cheng, MD

Depression affects women of all ages, races, ethnic and social backgrounds. Each year in the United States, approximately 10-15% of new mothers suffer from maternal depression; unfortunately, the majority of these women do not seek help. Untreated, depression can have tragic consequences to the mother, her infant and family. This session will examine the incidence, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of maternal depression. We will then explore various strategies we can utilize to reduce the negative outcomes of this common disorder in pregnant and postpartum women.

Closing the Gap: Taking Action to Eliminate Health Disparities within Your Community

Speaker: Barbara Major

This session builds on Sunday’s Skills-Building Workshop. Participants will examine concrete examples and learn steps to implement newly acquired skills into practice at home. This session will feature personal experiences from a local jurisdiction.

The Connection between MCH and the Environment

Speaker: Peter Simon, MD, MPH

Women and children living in poverty are among the most vulnerable to exposure from environmental health hazards. They are also the most susceptible when they are exposed and the least able to cope with the consequences. This session will explore ways to address health hazards and reduce negative outcomes.

Men in MCH

Speaker: Michael E. Connor, MA, PhD

To improve the reproductive well-being of both women and men, increased male involvement is needed in ways that have been traditionally relegated to women. Counseling, education, screening and treatment, choices regarding birth control methods and decisions regarding abortion and infertility ideally involve both partners. This session will address the role of men and their contributions toward improving healthy outcomes for women and children.

State Actions on Overweight and Obesity: Update for 2005


Speaker: Amy Winterfeld, JD

Are you interested in knowing what other states and communities are doing to address the problems of obesity and overweight? Hear the most up-to-date information on 2005 state legislative actions. Specifically, participants will:

(1) Hear basic information on obesity rates, the health impact of obesity on MCH and the effect on costs;
(2) Gain knowledge of policy options considered in legislatures to address obesity;
(3) Evaluate potential policy actions for impacting obesity and improving MCH.

12:00 pm - 01:15 pm

Featuring Fort Worth: Reverse Site Visit Luncheon

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  Welcome to Fort Worth, Texas! Each year, CityMatCH highlights outstanding public health programs, services and organizations from our host city during a Reverse Site Visit Luncheon. Come check out Fort Worth’s finest programs on teen health, family violence, breast-feeding, oral health and more!

01:45 pm - 03:15 pm Promising Practice Sessions
Preconception Health

Presentations featured some of the following: comprehensive women’s health programs, prevention of birth defects, solutions to barriers of preconception health care, health promotion, risk assessment, how to leverage health care resources and/or how to enhance services to promote preconception health.
Preconception Health - A Survey Among Practitioners
Stephen Abelman, MBA, White Plains, NY

Using PPOR and GIS to Assess Feto-Infant Mortality Rates and Identify Strategic Areas for Community-Based Intervention In Louisville
Sarojini Kanotra, PhD, MPH, Louisville, KY

Stir-Fried Strategies to Improve Women’s Health
Jennifer Opalek, MSN, MPH, St. Petersburg, FL
Jane Bambace, MEd, St. Petersburg, FL

Overweight and Obesity in MCH

Presentations reflected local health department efforts to combat overweight and obesity through partnership, practice and policy strategies. These best practice strategies demonstrate community awareness or policy change, illustrate steps to improve community awareness and provide effective tools for change.

Club Possible - Building Attitudes Today for an Active Tomorrow
Mary Balluff, MS, Omaha, NE
Kerri Peterson, MS, Omaha, NE

Get Healthy Kids Club
Helen Jackson, PhD, Jacksonville, FL

Families Preventing Diabetes Through a Community-Based, Collaborative Health Model
Marivel Davila, MPH (abt), San Antonio, TX
Child Development and Preventive Care

Presentations focused on programs designed to assure access and quality of child health care services. In particular, participants will hear about programs that partner with the medical community, work to change key community systems and/or focus on developmental screening.

Pediatric Developmental Surveillance Program: Putting Principles into Practice for Children's Health and Development
Jean Smith, MD, Raleigh, NC

Child Care Health Consultation
Tobie Barton, MA, Chapel Hill, NC

Nurse-Family Partnership in Michigan: Implementing an Evidence-Based Preventive Intervention
Irene Bindrich, RN, MSN, CNS, Denver, CO
William Ridella, MPH, MBA, Detroit, MI

Teen Pregnancy

Presentations focused on programs and strategies that have effectively addressed teen pregnancy by utilizing community action groups and reaching out to minority populations.

Teens Listen to Teens: Teen Advisory Board-Peer Education Program
Alicia Saenz, El Paso, TX

Community Doula Program (a March Of Dimes "Comenzando Bien" Agency) Reduces Low Birthweight Rates through Peer-to-Peer Integrated Education and Support
Nathalie Paravicini, MBA, Houston, TX

Promoting Access to Health Services for Adolescents
Sharon Oman, BSN, PHN, Santa Rosa, CA

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Presentations reflected local urban health department efforts to address inequities in health through practice and policy strategies and will provide effective tools to eliminate health disparities in urban MCH populations.

Disparities in Perinatal Outcomes Using PPOR: Regional Results for the MCAH Bay Area Data Collaborative
Janet Brown, MSc, Oakland, CA

Addressing Disparity in Health and Health Care for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: An Internal Assessment
Manisha Maskay, PhD, Columbus, OH

03:30 pm - 05:00 pm Promising Practice Sessions (repeated)
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Awards Reception

The Awards Reception, hosted by Board Chair, Mary Balluff, kicked off with Helen Jackson announcing the promising practices document, Profiles of Perinatal HIV Prevention.

Graduationg DaTA teams from St. Petersburg, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Nashville, TN, San Jose, CA, St. Paul, MN, and Golden, CO were honored and given a chance to summarize their projects.

The Board of Directors surprised Patrick Simpson, Acting Executive Director, with an award for his dedication to keeping CityMatCH on course through this time of transition.

Promising practice awards were presented by the former Education and Training Action Group Vice Chair, Zenobia Harris and her successor, Kimberlee Wyche-Ethridge. Two awards were given to those selected for oral presentation during the Conference, based on the abstract that was submitted. The "Most Replicable" Award went Jennifer Herriot of San Antonio, Texas with honorable mentions to Marivel Davilia, also of San Antonio, and Janet Brown of Oakland, California. The "Most Innovative" Award went to Jennifer Opalek and Jane Bambace of St. Petersburg, Florida with honorable mentions again to Janet Brown of Oakland and Audrey Stevenson and Iliana MacDonald of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Two additional awards were given to those presenting posters, based on a combination of peer and expert review. The "EXTRA EXTRA" Award for Excellence in Translating Results to an Audience went to JPS Health Network with honorable mentions to Carol Brady of Jacksonville, Florida and the St. Paul-Ramsey County DaTA team. The "STAR" Award; Science Translated to Action and Results, was presented to Carol Brady of Jacksonville with honorable mentions to JPS Health Network and the DaTA team from Marion County Health Department.

Dr. Magda Peck, founder and senior advisor of CityMatCH, then took the stage to present the prestigious Ed Ehlinger Award. This award is reserved to recognize the outstanding contributions made by an individual or organization whose commitment and distinguished service has helped shape the future of CityMatCH. Dr. Peck began describing in detail the contributions and accomplishments of the recipient without announcing her name. As the details became more specific, Kathy Carson's eyes began to well with tears. Dr. Peck announced her name and Ms. Carson made her way to the stage through the standing ovation. On behalf of the organization, she was presented with a plaque. On behalf of Ed Ehlinger, the first Chair of the CityMatCH Board for whom the award is name, Ms. Carson received a set of carving including 45 individually hand-carved hearts for each of the Board members with which she has served during her tenure. All rights reserved©