The theme of this year’s March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Summit will be “Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Maternal Mortality in Georgia.”
Dynamic speakers will present at the Summit on a number of topics including:
In addition, come and find out how your hospital can be recognized as a statewide leader in maternal and child health!
Our outstanding keynote speakers:
Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., serves as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and State Health Officer. Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, has practiced medicine for three decades.
As Commissioner, Dr. Fitzgerald oversees various state public health programs including Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records and the State Public Health Laboratory. Dr. Fitzgerald also directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments. Prior to joining DPH, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions.
Michael Lindsay, M.D., M.P.H., is the Luella Klein Associate Professor and Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, and Chief of Gynecology and Obstetrics Service at Grady Healthcare System.
Dr. Lindsay specializes in High Risk Gynecology/Obstetrics Maternal Fetal Medicine. As a high risk obstetrician, Dr. Lindsay provides care for pregnant women with medical complications of pregnancy such as pregnancy induced diabetes and hypertension, multiple gestation, and fetal anomalies. Dr. Lindsay’s large extended family played a key role in influencing his interest in specializing in pregnancy. In 2009, Dr. Lindsay was named one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors. He received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Journal of the National Medical Association in 2007.
Jacqueline Grant, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., is the director of the Southwest Public Health District, making her the top official managing all public health programs within a 14-county, 6,000 square-mile radius. She has been in the position since 2005, serving before that as the medical director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She was on the faculty at Emory University and the Morehouse School of Medicine prior to working in the private sector as an obstetrician for three years.
Under her direction, there has been an interactive work site wellness program implemented as well as the establishment of the non-profit known as Friends of Southwest Georgia Public Health. She has also presided over district restructuring and has provided guidance during disease outbreaks and natural disasters. In 2009, she was instrumental in launching the district’s Centering Pregnancy group prenatal program.
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Networking, Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Session
9:15 – 9:30 am Release of the 2014 MoD Premature Birth Report Card
9:30 – 10:00 am Banner Recognition Program for Hospitals Reducing Early-Elective Deliveries
10:00 – 10:30 am Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes, Maternal Chronic Disease and Mortality
10:30 – 11:30 am Group Prenatal Care Model: CenteringPregnancy
11:30 – 11:45 am Break
11:45 – 1:35 pm Working Together to Improve Our Birth Outcomes
1:35 – 1:45 pm Break
1:45 – 2:45 pm MoD Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Grand Rounds
2:45 – 3:45 pm Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 4:15 pm Closing Session: Call to Action
Next steps to informing, advancing and leveraging strategic partnerships toward
s improving birth outcomes in Georgia.