June 24, 2024

Speaker Highlight : University of Utah Integrated Maternal Care Team - Panel Discussion

Four members of the team will present their long-standing integrated approach to maternity care in the Intermountain West serving a diverse population in both urban and rural communities. The panel members are: Jeelan Fall, CNM, WHNP, DNP, Karlie Masaga, CNM, WHNP, DNP, Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD, and Robert Silver, MD. Dr. Fall has a BS from Westminster College, and her DNP from the University of Utah where she also received her nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse-practitioner education. She practices full-scope nurse-midwifery and believes in shared-decision making between provider and individuals and families. She has a drive to serve Black, Indigenous and People of Color woman and families and to work to overcome health disparities. Dr. Masaga also received her education at the University of Utah where she was awarded a DNP and is a member of the BirthCareHealthCare team.  She believes strongly that evidenced based practice is necessary to achieve sound maternal outcomes.  Prior to her education in nursing and nurse-midwifery she was employed by the State of Utah Juvenile Justice System which provided her with insight into the needs of adolescents. Her full scope practice centers on the care of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women and their families residing in Salt Lake City. Dr. Debbink was awarded a BS from Rice University and her MD and  PHD (in Health Organization and Policy) from the University of Michigan. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan and her Fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on community and geographic drivers of racial and ethnic inequities in maternal health.  Dr. Silver has had over thirty- years- experience as chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Utah and is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at that institution. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded his MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and his maternal -fetal medicine fellowship and  the University of Colorado in Denver. He is very much involved in clinical medicine and is passionate about the value of totally integrated maternal care teams of physicians, which includes all specialties, midwives, doulas,  social workers and community workers to deliver care that is culturally congruent.