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Workshop on Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health

September 29, 2020 | 9:00 am - 3:45 pm (ET) | via VideoCast

Maternal Health Workshop

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET, NINR held a virtual workshop on innovative models of care for reducing inequities in maternal health. The workshop explored how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities. The event recording is available to view via NIH VideoCast

NINR is pleased to release a summary of key points, remarks, keynote addresses, and sessions.

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Research Questions:

  • What is the impact of alternative birth settings and community-based providers on maternal and infant health?
  • What are the elements of culturally responsive, patient-centered care that are safe, effective, and respectful?
  • What factors are important for the success of collaborative care in birth settings?
  • What are the structural barriers that inhibit women from health disparity groups from seeking health care during pregnancy?
  • What models, traditional and non-traditional, exist to address attainment of health literacy for health disparity populations during pregnancy and delivery and post-partum?
  • What can existing health systems learn from community health workers to enhance equity, safety, and respect for pregnant women? 

NIH Partners:

  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Office of Research on Women’s Health
  • Tribal Health Research Office

Planning Committee:

  • Rebecca Henry, PhD, BSN, RN (NINR)
  • Rebekah Rasooly, PhD (NINR)
  • Sarah Yoon, PhD, RN (NINR)
  • Charisee Lamar, PhD, MPH, RRT (NICHD)
  • Priscah Mujuru, BSN, DRPH, MPH, COHNS, RN (NIMHD)
  • Lisa Begg Dr.P.H., RN (ORWH)
  • Maria Jamela Revilleza, PhD (THRO)

Meeting Chairs:

  • Haywood Brown, MD, University of South Florida 
  • Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Oregon State University 



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Workshop Agenda

9:00 AM 9:15 AM

Opening Comments
Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Director, NINR
Diana Bianchi, MD, Director, NICHD
Dorothy Fink, MD, Dep. Asst. Secy. for Women's Health, OASH

9:15 AM 10:15 AM

Keynote Session

Moderator: Rebekah Rasooly, PhD, NINR
Opening Comments: Janine Austin Clayton, MD, NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health; Director, ORWH

Keynote Addresses: 
Haywood Brown, MD, University of South Florida
Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Oregon State University

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Effects of Care Setting and Provider Type on Pregnant Families: Clinical Outcomes and Respectful Care

Moderator: Rebecca Henry, PhD, RN, NINR

Kimberly Gregory, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical 
Eugene Declercq, PhD, Boston University
Saraswathi Vedam, RM, PhD, FACNM, SciD(hc), University of British Columbia

11:30 AM 11:45 AM Community Q&A
11:45 AM  12:15 PM Lunch
12:15 PM 1:45 PM

Integrated, Person-centered Care: Building Systems that Facilitate Inter-professional Collaboration

Moderator and Opening Comments: Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, Deputy Director, NIMHD

Keynote Address: Rachael Willard-Grace, MPH, University of California, San Francisco
Julia Phillippi,  PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Vanderbilt University
Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE, University of Pennsylvania

1:45 PM  2:00 PM Community Q&A
2:00 PM 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM  3:00 PM

Asking the Right Questions: Bridging Grassroots Organizations and Researchers for Maximum Impact

Moderator: Charisee Lamar, PhD, MPH, RRT, NICHD

Robyn D'Oria, MA, RNC, APN, Central Jersey FHC
Patrisia Gonzales, PhD, University of Arizona
Pandora Hardtman, RN, CNM, FACNM

3:00 PM  3:15 PM Community Q&A
3:15 PM  3:45 PM Summary and Wrap-up


  • Stacey L. Dawson, PhD, MSN, CNM, Indian Health Service
  • Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Jeanne Murphy, CNM, PhD, George Washington Univ.
  • Vivienne Souter, MD, Univ. of Washington