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March of Dimes 18th Annual Conference

DATE: Monday, November 5Tuesday, November 6, 2018
TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
ADDRESS: 18800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612

For more information, please email Mashariki Kudumu at or call 818-539-2178


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March of Dimes 18th Annual Conference
Advancing Health Equity to Improve Maternal & Neonatal Outcomes 

This ​year’s ​conference ​will ​feature ​best ​practices ​and ​latest ​advances ​in ​research, ​bedside ​care ​and ​public ​health ​to ​advance ​equity ​in ​maternal ​and ​neonatal ​health ​outcomes. ​The conference ​will ​include General Sessions, as well as Maternal and Neonatal Breakout Sessions.

Keynote Speaker

Kimberly Gregory, MD, MPH
Advancing Equity in Maternal Outcomes and Preterm Birth: Steps for Clinicians
Vice Chair of Women's Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement, Department Obstetrics & Gynecology;Division Director and Fellowship Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Keynote Speaker

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH
The Root Causes of Perinatal Health Disparities: A Life Course Perspective
Neonatologist and Consultant
Scroll down the page for the complete schedule. 
Conference presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the presentation title below. Presentations will be posted here as available before and during the conference.
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Monday, November 5th

Welcome: March of Dimes National Prematurity and Health Equity Initiatives
Kweli Rashied-Henry, MPH, Director of Health Equity, March of Dimes

Advancing Equity in Maternal Outcomes & Preterm Birth: Steps for Clinicians to Reduce Barriers & Improve Quality of Care     
Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center 
Part 1: Using Cell-free RNA to Predict Gestational Age and Preterm Delivery 
Mira Moufarrej, PhD Candidate
Part 2: Reconciling Biological and Social Explanations for Preterm Birth: Building Solidarity Amid a Policy Storm
Paul Wise, MD, MPH

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Common but Under-Recognized
Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

A Retrospective Look at 45 Years of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Kenneth Lyon Jones, MD

Co-Designing Mobile Technology and Care Delivery to Improve Family Integrated Care in NICUs
Linda Franck, RN, PhD, FRCPCH, FAAN
Sharon Sossaman, Parent Mentor & Advisor

Workshop Sessions:
Maternal: The Role of Doulas in Improving Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes: A Hospital-Based Volunteer Doula Program 
Ann Fulcher, CLE, CD (DONA)
Neonatal: Rapid DNA Sequencing in the NICU
David Dimmock, MD

Poster Session: Meet the Authors
Workshop Sessions:
Maternal: Considerations in Management of the Obese Obstetrical Patient
Johanna Dubyak, MD
Neonatal: Nutrition & Growth in the NICU: Key Best Practices from the 2018 California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative Toolkit
Nancy Wight, MD

Workshop Sessions:
Maternal: Improving Hospital Based Maternal Mental Health Screening 
Eynav Accortt, PhD

Neonatal: California Newborn Screening Report: Update on Quality Improvement with Collection and Timing
Barbara Ferreira, RN, GCN

Newborn Screening for SCID: Case Presentation and Discussion
Joseph Church, MD

Tuesday, November 6th
Welcome and March of Dimes Advocacy Updates
Erric Garris, Advocacy a& Government Affairs, March of Dimes.

The Root Causes of Perinatal Health Disparities: A Life Course Perspective
Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH

Impact of Marijuana on Pregnancy, the Fetus and the Neonate
Lynn Yonekura, MD

Poster Session: Meet the Authors

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative: Advancing Birth Equity in Hospital-based Maternity Care
Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH

Workshop Sessions:
Maternal: Battling Over Birth:  Transforming Maternal Health Care through Research Justice and Grassroots Action
Chinyere Oparah, PhD and Sayida Peprah, PsyD, CD (DONA)
Neonatal: Implicit Bias and Trauma-Informed Care Training in the NICU
Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH

Implementation of a Neonatal Sepsis Risk Score Calculator
Kacey Cox, MD

Panel: Taking Action to Improve Health Equity in our Practice
Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH and Diana Ramos, MD, MPH
Moderator: Kweli Rashied-Henry, MPH
 Early Registration (paid on or before 10/22/18)
 RN (2 Days)  $295
 RN (1 Day)    $160

 MD (2 Days)  $370
 MD (1 Day)    $200

 LCSW/CHES (2 Days)  $295
 LCSW/CHES (1 Day)    $160

 Late Registration (paid on or after 10/23/18)
 RN (2 Days)   $395
 RN (1 Day)     $215

 MD (2 Days)   $495
 MD (1 Day)     $265

 LCSW/CHES (2 Days)   $395
 LCSW/CHES (1 Day)     $215 

*physicians in training, retired persons, all students and others pay the RN fee.

Continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch and Continuing Education credits.

Please note: Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. The conference will run from 8:00am to 4:20pm that day. Please plan accordingly.
Registration payment must be made by credit card or check. Registrations that are not paid by 10/29/18 are not guaranteed.

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Receive a 10% discount on registration fees for groups of 4 or more. All registrations must be received together and paid with the same payment type. 
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If you have special dietary requirements (other than vegetarian) or require disability assistance, please contact us with details of your requirements no later than 10/22/18. 
If your organization is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2018 Conference, please contact Mashariki Kudumu at (818) 539-2178.