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2018 Florida Prematurity Summit

DATE: Thursday, November 29Friday, November 30, 2018
TIME: 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Westshore Airport
ADDRESS: 700 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Registration Opens and Lunch Begins                                                              11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Welcome                                                                                                                12:00-12:10 PM
Framing Birth Equity and Collective Impact                                                     12:10-12:30 PM
     Mary Peoples Sheps
     University of Florida
Perinatal health equity: Is there a bridge from disparities to action?            12:30-1:25 PM
     Michael R. Kramer, PhD, MS
     Emory University
If All Things Were Equal: Constructing a Racial and                                        1:25-2:20 PM
Gendered Pathway toward Birth Equity
    Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD, MS
Break                                                                                                                      2:20-2:40 PM
Reducing Health Disparities Through a Shared                                               2:40-3:40 PM
Decision Making Model       
     Karen E. Harris, MD, MPH
     District XII ACOG                                     
Birth Equity and Health Disparities Round Table Discussion                          3:40-4:40 PM   
Chiles Award Presentation                                                                                  4:40-5:00 PM
Poster Session & Cocktail Reception                                                                 5:00-6:30 PM
Friday, November 30, 2018
Breakfast Begins                                                                                                   8:00 AM
Setting the Stage for Health Disparities and Health Equity Focus                 8:30-9:00 AM
     Kweli Rashied-Henry 
     March of Dimes
Racial Disparity and Infant Mortality: Our Community’s                                  9:00-10:00 AM
Collaborative Success Story
     Estrellita Berry, MA, MS, REACHUP, Inc.
     Leisa J. Stanley, PhD, MS, Hillsborough County Healthy Start Coalition
Resources to Address Health Disparities                                                          10:00-10:45 AM
     Sharetta Remikie, EdD, March of Dimes
Break                                                                                                                      10:45-11:15 AM  
Finding Non-Traditional Partners in a Rural Setting                                         11:15-12:00 PM
     Rev. Tommy J. Rodgers
     Bethlehem Church Palatka
Lunch Begins                                                                                                         12:00 PM
Broward County’s Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait: A Collective              12:30-1:30 PM
Impact Framework with Results-Based Accountability Strategies
     Monica Figueroa King, MA, Broward County Healthy Start
     Marci Ronik, MS, Ronik-Radlauer Group
     Jennifer Uylesse, Broward County Healthy Start
Results-Based Accountability: Turning the Curve                                            1:30-2:30 PM
     Isadora Del Vecchio, MA
     March of Dimes 
Call to Action and Closing                                                                                   2:30-3:00 PM   

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Building a Bridge to Birth Equity

In 2016, March of Dimes Florida held its 2016 Florida Prematurity Summit in partnership with state and community leaders to launch the Florida Prematurity Prevention Partnership (FPPP). The goal was to create a statewide structure to reduce preterm birth by implementing evidence-based interventions in areas with a high rate and high number of preterm births in order to make an impact on our state preterm birth rate.

The FPPP is currently working on the state and community level to reduce preterm birth by implementing a variety of evidence-based interventions in 8 local communities and our State Team is working on efforts to increase access to progesterone shots for women in Florida.

Despite these efforts, Florida continues to see increases in the preterm birth rate and significant health disparities for black preterm birth and infant mortality rates. Black infants are born preterm at a rate 1.5 times greater than white infants and black infants die at a rate nearly 2.5 times the rate for white infants.

The 2018 Florida Prematurity Summit will expand our efforts to include additional stakeholders that will be able to affect change on these issues at the local and state level. We are making a conscience effort at the 2018 Florida Prematurity Summit to revisit our strategic plan and work to address the social determinants of health that may lead to health disparities for our most vulnerable populations.