California Birth Equity Summit 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019  |  8 a.m.
Center at Cathedral Plaza Ballroom
555 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Join colleagues and community partners for a day of learning, collaboration and action to achieve birth equity.

7:30am: Breakfast and Registration

8:00am: Welcome

8:15am: Morning Keynote: Arthur James, MD, FACOG: EQUITY in the Opportunity to Survive the First Year of Life-a dream deferred…

9:20am: Making it Real: Closing the Black-White Gap for Infant Mortality (2017-2019) Through Data and Life Stories Moderator: Wenonah Valentine, MBA; Panelists: Kacie Blackman, PhD; Shamiesha Ebhotemen, BSN ‘20, RN, CLE; Stella Clingmon Simon, MPH
10:15am: Los Angeles County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Initiative Overview: Debbie Allen, ScD and Melissa Franklin, MBA
10:45am: Break and Exhibitors

11:00am: California Equity Projects and Programs Panel Moderator: Amelia Cobb, First 5 LA; Panelists: Policy in Action: Shantay Davies-Balch, MBA, CLE; California Department of Public Health Birth Equity Initiatives: Leslie Kowalewski; Preterm Birth Prevention/Low-Dose Aspirin Provider Toolkit: Subhashini Ladella, MD; UCSF PTBi SOLARS Study: Brittany Chambers, PhD and Brianne Taylor

12:15pm: Networking Lunch and Exhibitors

1:00pm: Afternoon Keynote: Zea Malawa, MD, MPH: Advancing an Anti-Racism Agenda in Health Care Settings
2:20pm Breakout Sessions (Concurrent)
3:20pm: Break

3:30pm Breakout Sessions (Concurrent)

       Session 1: Cultural Humility and Healthcare Stereotype Threat Trainings

       Nakeisha Robinson, MA, LMFT- iDREAM for Racial Equity; Cleopatra Abdou Kamperveen, PhD, University of Southern California

4:30-4:45pm: Closing and Evaluation

The 2019 California Birth Equity Summit is a collaboration between March of Dimes, First5LA, LA County Department of Public Health and PAC/LAC. 
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The Summit is SOLD OUT .

Please email [email protected] to request to be added to the wait list. 
We will contact you as spots open. Thank you!

· Early Bird Registration $40 (by 10/7/2019)
· Late Registration: $50
· 10% discount for groups of 5 or more
· 10% discount for students

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Continuing education credits (CME, CEU, LCSW, LMFT and CHES)
will be provided by PAC/LAC.*
 *This activity is sponsored by the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC). This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. PAC/LAC is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider CEP 5862. PAC/LAC is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CE Provider #128542. PAC/LAC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CHES) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


Interim Executive Director
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. OB/GYN
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University


Physician Director of Expecting Justice
San Francisco Collective Impact for Healthy Births
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
San Francisco Department of Public Health




View our updated event acknowledgements and waivers here.