CityMatCH Learning Network

The CityMatCH Learning Network consists of a quarterly series of calls/webinars available to the entire MCH community, providing training and technical assistance on emerging MCH issues and the most identified needs of CityMatCH members. CityMatCH action group co-leads provide strategic input in the planning of webinars to ensure these webinars hit the mark.  

2023 Webinar Series

“Leading with Resources to Meet Postpartum Needs & Address Social Determinants of Health” 5/22/2023

Thank you to those of you who joined us for our Learning Network Webinar on 5/22/2023 to learn about the concept of the 4th trimester! Dr. Kristin Tully and Nkechi Charles from the University of North Carolina discussed the research findings on unmet maternal health and social needs and list opportunities for our healthcare system to be an ongoing resource for postpartum families.



Dr. Kristin Tully, Ph.D. is a medical anthropologist and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her expertise is engaging perinatal patients, family members, and clinicians to understand and address their health needs.

Broadly, this work is to advance reproductive justice to address what individuals need to know, feel, and have happen to be safe and well. Her program of research leverages community engagement and mixed methods to iteratively shape understanding of strengths/problems and then to co-develop solutions for impact and sustainability in maternity health care. 


Nkechi Charles, MA is a doctoral student in Maternal and Child Health, with a minor in Health Behavior, at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As part of the Doctoral Research and Engagement Team at the Jordan Institute for Families, Nkechi works with the 4th Trimester Project team in a variety of capacities, including qualitative research with new moms and birthing people, implementation practice, communications, project planning, and quality improvement. Her areas of interest include health equity, maternal health and well-being, and matrescence.

“Heavy Metals in Baby Food” by Healthy Babies Bright Futures 4/25/2023

Thank you to those who were able to join us on 4/25/2023 for the Heavy Metals in Baby Food webinar. This webinar created a virtual opportunity to learn how strategies that protect neurodevelopment can be integrated into your work!

Did you know that 1 in 6 American children have some type of neurodevelopmental delay? While exposures to neurotoxic chemicals aren’t the sole cause of neurodevelopmental delay, they are among the most preventable.

At Healthy Babies Bright Futures, the focus is on chemicals with the strongest bodies of evidence supporting their role in developmental harm, such as lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium.  Their analysis uncovered two paths to measurable change: reducing exposure to heavy metals in food and working with city governments that have the unique ability to drive change rapidly.

Virtual attendees were able to learn about both of these paths and how their work connects to them to lead the way to a brighter future for all babies.



Charlotte Brody, RN—National Director

Charlotte is a registered nurse, the mother of two sons, and vice president for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance. She has led a Planned Parenthood affiliate and has been among the founders of the Brown Lung Association, Health Care Without Harm, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Green for All and Safer Chemicals, and Healthy Families. Charlotte previously served as the Executive Director of Commonweal, and a founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.

Kyra Naumoff Shields, Ph.D.—Bright Cities Program Director

Kyra is an environmental health scientist and mother with over a decade of experience in community engagement and exposure assessment. She has led monitoring and intervention projects in communities suffering from chronic air pollution exposure, both nationally and internationally. She’s also advised small businesses on pragmatic strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.

Jane Houlihan, MSCE—Research Director

Jane directs research and science communication programs for non-profit organizations. She is an environmental engineer who specializes in pioneering online healthy product guides, including EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database and national tap water quality guide, and HBBF’s safer baby food resources. She leads research programs on biomonitoring, drinking water, and healthy food. Jane is among the founders of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and serves on the science board of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.

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Archived Webinars

All webinars are archived on the CityMatCH YouTube channel. By clicking the links below, you will be redirected to the playlists.