June 24, 2024

Agenda for Reducing Maternal Mortality: Strategies That Work.



Do not miss this opportunity to meet with others concerned about the US high maternal mortality rates. In person discussions and networking are a vital part of the agenda. To be a part of this discussion, we  urge you to register in person for this important meeting. Evidence outlining the problem and ways professionals and communities working together can reduce this serious health problem will be presented. While there are spaces for online attendance, only those who attend in person will have the opportunity to comment on strategies that work and to present new ideas during the discussions. 

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Decreasing Maternal Mortality: Strategies That Work


Wednesday September 18 , Thursday, September 19, 2024

Frontier Nursing University Campus, 2050 Lexington Road, Versailles, Kentucky, 40383

Co-organized and co-sponsored by The Campion Fund and Frontier Nursing University


Wednesday September 18, 2024

3pm: Arrive at Frontier Nursing University

6pm: Meet and Greet Dinner and Networking in Dining Hall

Thursday September 19, 2024

7-8:30am : Breakfast served in Dining Hall 

Meeting Moderator: Yvonne Maddox, PHD 


Dr. Maddox is a retired public servant who was Deputy Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the acting Director of the NIH and acting Director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has remained active during retirement by advocating for science grounded care to ensure improve health outcomes for all.

8:30-8:45am Introduction

First Plenary Session

8:45am Births by The Numbers

 Eugene DeClercq, PhD, Boston University


Dr DeClercq  is a leading expert on US maternal mortality and has studied this problem in for many decades. He is Professor of Public Health and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University. He has been given the Martha May Eliot Award from the American Public Health Association for extraordinary service for health care for mothers and children.

9:15am Economic Burden of Maternal Mortality in the United States of America

Robert S. White, MD, MS  Cornell Weill School of Medicine 


Dr. White is gaining an reputation as an anesthesiologist and clinical researcher who studies disparities in healthcare with a focus on outcomes. He has published on the topic of the cost of poor maternal outcomes to the economy as well as analysis of in-hospital maternal mortality. He is Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical School.

9:45am Birth Justice

Nikia Grayson, CNM, FNP, MPH,DNP

Dr. Grayson is the Chief Clinical Officer for Choices Center for Reproductive Health in Memphis, Tennessee. Her background in public health, medical anthropology as well as family nurse-midwifery informs her work. Dr. Grayson is a member of the Board of Directors of SisterReach and is a recipient of the Bisola Marignay Award. She envisions a time where everyone has access to equitable and empowering healthcare. 


10:15am Break

10:30am A Comparison of Maternity Care in the US  to Other Countries

Holly Kennedy, CNM. DNP

Dr. Kennedy is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Yale. She was the first person to be appointed Varney Professor of Midwifery at that institution. Prior to assuming her professorship, Dr Kennedy served for thirty years in the US Amry Nurse Corps. She is a past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Her research focuses on understanding how heath care systems are linked to clinical and social outcomes.  


11:00am Panel: An Integrated Maternity Care Team: The University of Utah Experience of Serving a Five State Area

Robert Silver, MD, Karlie Masaga, DNP, CNM, Jeelan Fall, DNP, CNM, WHNP and Michelle Debbnik, MD, PhD

For decades, the University of Utah has served the needs of individuals and families in the Intermountain West serving an area that includes five states. The maternal health care team is an team that integrates the talents and skills of physicians from all specialties with the talents and skills of nurse-midwives. Four team members will present their work with a diverse rural and urban populations. The panel is led by Bob Silver, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has published over 400 articles in peer- reviewed journals. 


11:45am Lunch Poster Session

An opportunity to discuss poster findings and to share ideas with authors of submitted abstracts

1:00pm  Preparing a Workforce for Maternal Health Care Teams in Rural and Underserved Areas of the United States

Susan E. Stone, DNP, CNM

Dr. Stone is the President of Frontier Nursing University.  Her vision has led the university from a small institution educating 200 nurses a year to the university it is today with 2500 nurses studying to become certified nurse-midwives and nurse  practitioners. FNU graduates work in every state, especially in rural and underserved areas. Dr. Stone is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. 


1:15 - 2:15pm  Three oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts

15 minutes each and discussion

2:15pm Break

2:30pm Three Oral presentation selected from submitted abstracts

15 min each and 10 minutes discussion

3:15 – 3:25pm

Comments: Where do we go from here?

Dr Yvonne Maddox

3:25 to 4pm

Comments and Discussion: Where do we go from here?

All attendees


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