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Annual Summit 2024

The 18th Annual Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium Summit

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  • Chase Center on the Riverfront
  • 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

IMAGINE. IMPACT. INNOVATE. Driving Equity in Infant and Maternal Health.

The mission of the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) is to provide statewide leadership and coordination of efforts to prevent infant mortality and to improve the health of infants and women of childbearing age throughout Delaware. The free annual DHMIC Summit brings together expert speakers and community leaders, and engages attendees with breakout sessions and more!

Keynote #1: Imagine, Inspire Birth Equity

Joia Crear Perry, M.D., Founder & President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Dr. Joia Crear-Perry

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry

Advocate, Founder, and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative

Dr. Crear-Perry is a physician, policy expert, thought leader, and advocate for transformational justice who identifies racism as a root cause of health inequities. She is a highly sought-after trainer and speaker who has been featured in national and international publications, including Essence and Ms. magazines.

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Morning Breakout Sessions

Perinatal Mental Health

Provides educational and community-based resources for providers, patients, and families to reduce stigma and empower women and families to seek help.

  1. Moderator: Dr. Julius Mullen, Ed.D., LPCMH, NCC, M.Ed., Chief Inclusion Officer, Children & Families First Riverfront Ballroom

  2. Anne DeCaire, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, President, Perinatal Prana LLC

  3. Ronaldo Tello, Ph.D., Executive Director, Hispanic American Association of Delaware

  4. Mark-Anthony C. Umobi, M.D., FACOG, MRCOG, Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Substance Use Disorder: Addressing the Specific Support and Needs of Women

Discusses evidence-based strategies to help improve access to needed services and support, screenings, and connection to care and treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder (SUD).

  1. Moderator: Bridget Buckaloo, MSN, RN, Director, Women’s and Children’s Services, Beebe Healthcare

  2. Domenica Personti, M.S., LCDP, CADC, Chief Executive Officer, Impact Life

  3. Erin Booker, LPC, Chief Biopsychosocial Officer, ChristianaCare Health System

Delaware’s Playbook to Address Social Determinants of Health to Advance Health Equity in Maternal and Child Health Panel

A panel discussion about Delaware’s playbook to address the social determinants of health and advance health equity in maternal and child health.

  1. Nancy Fan, M.D., Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology

  2. Garrett H.C. Colmorgen, M.D., Director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Bayhealth Medical Center

  3. Leandra Casson, M.A., Vice President, External Relations and Development, DEMCO

  4. Amanda Watson, DNP, CNM, ARN, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware School

Kitty Esterly, M.D., Health Equity Champion Awards Presentation

  1. Erica Allen Do Care Doula Foundation

  2. Hispanic American Association of Delaware

2024 Award Winners

Keynote #2: Birthright: A Podcast About Joy & Healing in Black Birth

Kimberly Seals Allers, B.A, M.S., Journalist, Author, Speaker, Strategist, Maternal Health Tech Founder
Join us for a live episode of Birthright. A podcast about joy & healing in black birth.

Live recording of Birthright: A Podcast About Joy & healing in Black Birth

Our afternoon keynote speaker, Kimberly Seals Allers, recorded a live episode of her Podcast Birthright on stage at the Summit.

Kimberly Seals Allers

Kimberly Seals Allers

Maternal Health Advocate and Founder of the Irth App

Kimberly Seals Allers is a maternal health tech founder (Irth App), an award-winning writer and author, and the host of the Birthright podcast. She’s also a maternal and infant health strategist with a bold vision to transform the experience of motherhood for all and to eradicate racial disparities in birth and breastfeeding.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Continuity of Care for Well Women: Community Health Workers, Doulas, Birth Workers

Learning to empower women to advocate for themselves, while also fostering positive mental health, access to healthy food, safe environments, opportunities for physical activity, and a social support network.

  1. Moderator: Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Nurse Manager, Perinatal Resources, Community Programs, Milk Bank, ChristianaCare

  2. Cindy Biederman, MSN, RN, Project Lead, Community Initiatives, Quality Insights

  3. Erin Ridout, MSW, MPH, Health Equity Program Manager, Women’s Health, ChristianaCare

  4. Erica M. Allen, LPN, Executive Director, DoCare Doula Foundation, Inc.

  5. April L. Lyons-Alls, RN, MSN, MPA, Director of MPA Program, Delaware State University

Strategies to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Medicaid

Discusses community level data on the social determinants of support and care from 60 days to 12 months postpartum, as well as the importance of addressing individual health before pregnancy.

  1. Moderator: Lindsay Ashkenase, M.D., Family Medicine Physician, Director of Women’s Health, Westside Family Healthcare

  2. Dara Hall, MSN, RNC-NIC, Maternal and Child Health Director, Delaware First Health

  3. Kimberly York, LCSW, Maternal Child Health Director, Highmark Health Options

  4. Megan Coalson, MSN, RNC-MNN, Maternal Child Health Director, AmeriHealth Caritas

  5. Deborah Allen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas DE

Black Maternal Health Awareness Week Video Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

Call-to-Action to Imagine. Innovate. Impact.

Delaware Strategies to Inspire, Innovate, and Advance Health Equity in Maternal and Infant Health

  1. Priscilla M. Mpasi, M.D., FAAP, Chair, DHMIC

Delaware State University Choir Performance Track – “Year of Decision”

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