Mayor Muriel Bowser with children

About the 2018 Maternal and Infant Health Summit

Thank you to the DC residents, health officials and Mayors from across the nation who contributed to the success of DC’s first-ever Maternal and Infant Health Summit. Together we can ensure mothers and babies in communities across the nation have the support and resource they need to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy. Watch the summit recap video or watch the entire footage of the summit above.
Mayoral Co-Hosts

Lovely Warren

Mayor, Rochester, NY
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Karen Freeman-Wilson

Mayor, Gary, IN and First Vice President, National League of Cities
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Catherine Pugh

Mayor, Baltimore, MD
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Vi Lyles

Mayor, Charlotte, NC
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Karen Weaver

Mayor, Flint, MI
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Toni Harp

Mayor, New Haven, CT
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Featuring a lunchtime conversation with Cathy Hughes, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Valerie Jarrett

Cathy Hughes

Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc
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Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor, Washington, DC
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Valerie B. Jarrett

Former Senior Advisor, Obama Administration
Agenda
Opening Remarks

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Director, DC Department of Health

Panel 1: Mayoral Panel: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Moderator: Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana/First Vice President, National League of Cities

Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, NY
Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint, MI

Video Testimonial from DC Mom 
Panel 2: “A Healthy Start for All: Why Maternal and Infant Health Matters”

Moderator: Dr. Roger A. Mitchell Jr., District of Columbia Chief Medical Examiner
Dr. Michael Lu, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student & Faculty Affairs, Former Director of Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes
Maria Gomez, President and CEO, Mary’s Center
Kelly Sweeney McShane, President and CEO, Community of Hope
Video Testimonial from DC Mom 
Panel 3: “Community Driven Solutions: The Key to Sustainable Progress”

Moderator: Dr. Tanya Royster, Director, District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health
Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sarah Barclay Hoffman, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Innovation Network
Cherie Craft, CEO/Founding Executive Director, Smart From the Start

Introduction to the Luncheon by Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and blessing of the food by Reverend Thomas L. Bowen
Luncheon: A conversation with Cathy Hughes featuring Mayor Muriel Bowser and Valerie Jarrett. 
Remarks from Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD
Panel 4: “Place Matters…and So Does Quality: Clinical Innovations in Perinatal Health”

Moderator: Dr. Pamela Riley, MD MPH, Medical Director, DC Department of Health Care Finance
Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Dean, College of Medicine & Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Howard University
Dr. Dana Smith, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Audra Meadows, Chair, Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Dr. Melissa Fries, Reproductive geneticist and high-risk obstetrician, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Next Steps

Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Director, DC Department of Health

Agenda
Opening Remarks

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Director, DC Department of Health

Panel 1: Mayoral Panel: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Moderator: Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana/First Vice President, National League of Cities

Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, NY
Mayor Karen Weaver, Flint, MI

Video Testimonial from DC Mom 
Panel 2: “A Healthy Start for All: Why Maternal and Infant Health Matters”

Moderator: Dr. Roger A. Mitchell Jr., District of Columbia Chief Medical Examiner
Dr. Michael Lu, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student & Faculty Affairs, Former Director of Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes
Maria Gomez, President and CEO, Mary’s Center
Kelly Sweeney McShane, President and CEO, Community of Hope
Video Testimonial from DC Mom 
Panel 3: “Community Driven Solutions: The Key to Sustainable Progress”

Moderator: Dr. Tanya Royster, Director, District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health
Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sarah Barclay Hoffman, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Innovation Network
Cherie Craft, CEO/Founding Executive Director, Smart From the Start

Introduction to the Luncheon by Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and blessing of the food by Reverend Thomas L. Bowen
Luncheon: A conversation with Cathy Hughes featuring Mayor Muriel Bowser and Valerie Jarrett. 
Remarks from Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, MD
Panel 4: “Place Matters…and So Does Quality: Clinical Innovations in Perinatal Health”

Moderator: Dr. Pamela Riley, MD MPH, Medical Director, DC Department of Health Care Finance
Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Dean, College of Medicine & Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Howard University
Dr. Dana Smith, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Audra Meadows, Chair, Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Dr. Melissa Fries, Reproductive geneticist and high-risk obstetrician, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Next Steps

Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Director, DC Department of Health

Twitter

@momhealthdc

- November 19, 2019, 1:12 am

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- November 18, 2019, 6:47 pm

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- November 18, 2019, 3:55 pm

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- November 18, 2019, 3:54 pm

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This project was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0045, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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This project was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0045, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.