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More than half of all infant mortality and morbidity in North Carolina can be attributed to the health of the mother prior to pregnancy. Preconception health interventions aim to provide access to knowledge and services that allow for improved health prior to pregnancy, thereby positively impacting birth outcomes, including the reduction of birth defects and preterm birth. As supported by several national health guidelines, preconception health education is a critical mechanism to reduce infant mortality and birth defects.
The March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign, a campaign unique to our state, promotes preconception health interventions by providing community specific training, education, media and the distribution of multivitamins to women of childbearing age. In an effort to provide exceptional education to our state, the campaign is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Preconception Health Forum, Doing things Differently Together: The Evolving Landscape of Preconception Health. This year’s Forum will focus on the importance of providers and agencies working to employ collective impact and health equity strategies in order to address concerning trends like the rise in rates of maternal mortality, preterm birth, opioid exposures in pregnancy and the incidence of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS).
During this program participants will learn successful, emerging approaches that advance preconception health and improve maternal health and birth outcomes in North Carolina.
|8:30 – 8:45||Welcome - Speaker: Rocio Anderson, BA, BS|
|8:45 –9:30||Keynote: The Evolving Landscape of Preconception and Perinatal Health in NC - Speaker: Dan Frayne, MD|
|9:30 – 9:35||5-Minute Stretch Break|
|9:35 – 10:30||Data Presentation: NC MCH Data Landscape & Collaborative Report Card - Speakers: Sarah McCracken, MPH & Michaela Penix, MPH|
|10:30 – 10:45||Break (Optional Guided Meditation, Raffle & Presentation of Exhibitors)|
|10:45 – 11:45||Breakout 1A: Health Equity in Rural Appalachia: Moving the Needle with a Cultural Competency Lens - Speaker: Hannah Parkhurst, BS & Robyn Seamon, MA, BSN, RN, CTN-B|
|10:45 – 11:45||Breakout 1B: Tobacco Use Update: Emerging Products and Strategies to Help Women Quit - Speaker: Megan Williams, MSW, MSPH|
|11:45 – 12:30||Lunch Break (Optional Guided Live Zumba)|
|12:30 – 1:30||Women, Substance Use Disorders, and Pregnancy: What Stops Honest Conversation? - Speaker: Melinda Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP|
|1:30 – 1:40||Break (Raffle & Presentation of Exhibitors)|
|1:40 – 2:40||Be the Change! Advocating for Health Equity and Wellbeing - Speaker: Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH|
|2:40 - 2:50||Closing Remarks, Announcements & Thank Yous - Speaker: Brenda Stubbs, BS|
Health care providers, other health professionals, social workers and health educators
- Learn the status of preconception, maternal health and birth outcomes in North Carolina
- Discuss how social determinants of health and inequity impact health behavior as well as maternal morbidity, mortality and birth outcomes
- Examine innovative strategies to create collective impact in preconception health, education, and care in North Carolina
- Rocio Anderson, BA BS
- Dan J. Frayne, MD
- Danielle A. Little, BA, LCCE, CLC
- Sarah F. McCracken, MPH
- Hannah N. Parkhurst, BS
- Michaela Penix, MPH
- Joanne F. Pierce, MA, MPH
- Melinda Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP
- Robyn S. Seamon, MA, BSN, RN, CTN-B
- Brenda Stubbs, BS
- Sarah B. Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH
- Megan S. Williams, BA, MSW, MSPH