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2023 Maternal Health Awareness
Interprofessional VIRTUAL Seminars on
Maternal Health and Safety
Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

In conjunction with Maternal Health Awareness Day in New Jersey -- the first state to formally recognize maternal health, safety and mortality issues with an annual event -- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; RWJBarnabas Health; The Tara Hansen Foundation; and the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium are hosting a series of virtual seminars designed for OB/GYN physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, genetic counselors, social workers, residents, fellows, medical students, emergency department providers, cardiologists, family medicine practitioners, and psychiatrists/psychologists.
All sessions will be held virtually! Log in from the convenience of your computer or smartphone.
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Featured Interprofessional Sessions

7:30 - 7:35 a.m.
Introduction/Opening Remarks
Mark Sauer, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

7:35 - 8:29 a.m.
Improving Maternal Health: Leading for Change
Amy P. Murtha, MD
Dean
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
CME credit available for this session.*
8:30 - 9:29 a.m.
Maternal Mortality in Women of Color and Strategies to Address This Public Health Crisis
Ndidiamaka N. Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES
Julia A Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Director and Founder, Center for Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Justice
Director and Founder, MOTHER Lab
Tufts University School of Medicine
Wanda Irving, MPA
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Acting President
Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project
9:30 - 10:29 a.m.
Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy: Current Evidence on Safety
Elizabeth A. Suarez, PhD, MPH
Instructor and Core Faculty
Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science
Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
CME credit available for this session.**
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Reconsidering the Role of Race in Maternal Mental Health
Iffath A. Hoskins, MD
President, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Clinical Professor and Director of Patient Safety, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
New York University School of Medicine
Video session is provided courtesy of ACOG. A panel discussion will follow Dr. Hoskins' presentation, featuring Lisa Gittens-Williams, MD, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, chair of ACOG District III Committee on Maternal Health Awareness Day, and vice chair of the New Jersey section of ACOG; Margaret Chou, MD, chair of the Delaware section of ACOG; Jenny Garcia, MD, chair of the Dominican Republic section of ACOG; Aasta Mehta, MD, secretary of the Pennsylvania section of ACOG; and Lisa Tremayne, RN, MPH-C, CBC, founding director of the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center at Monmouth Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health.
Access the virtual morning seminars by clicking on the above button at the time of the session, or:

Via Zoom.com:
Meeting #: 975 8026 6099
Password: 123#4Moms

For Audio-Only Dial:
646-558-8656
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Impact of Abortion Ban Restrictions on Pregnancy-Related Health
Lily Bayat, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Section of Complex Family Planning
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Natalie DiCenzo, MD
Third-Year Resident, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Nayna Shah, MD
Second-Year Resident, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Access this evening seminar by clicking on the above button at the time of the session, or:

Via Zoom.com:
Meeting #: 970 5014 0063
Password: 123#4Moms

For Audio-Only Dial:
646-558-8656
CME Information:
*This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Amy Murtha, MD, disclosed that she has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Her presentation will include discussion of Improving Maternal Health: Leading for Change.

**Physicians:  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Elizabeth Suarez, PhD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. Speakers are required to disclose discussion of off-label/investigational uses of commercial products/devices in their presentation. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.
Special Documentary Viewing and Q&A!

The Invisible Extinction
Monday, Jan. 31
5 - 7 p.m.
Join us for this screening of the 90-minute documentary featuring Martin J. Blaser, MD, Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and professor of medicine, and pathology and laboratory medicine, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD, director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health; Henry Rutgers Professor of Microbiome and Health; and professor of biochemistry and microbiology, and anthropology, at Rutgers. The film focuses on their decades-long research on the link between our bodies' microbiomes -- the bacteria, fungi and viruses that help us digest food and keep us healthy -- and diseases like diabetes and asthma. It also includes a discussion on the importance of the microbiome as related to vaginal health, vaginal delivery, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding. Drs. Blaser and Dominguez-Bello will be on hand following the screening for a half-hour Q&A.
Invisible Extinction
Access this documentary viewing and Q&A by clicking on the above button at the time of the session, or:

Via Zoom.com:
Meeting #: 912 2983 6402
Password: 123#4Moms

For Audio-Only Dial:
646-558-8656
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Wednesday, Jan. 25
Hybrid Event!
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJM) is hosting a hybrid Maternal Health Awareness Day event focusing on Prevention of Maternal Morbidity, Mortality and Disparities, from 2:50 - 5 p.m. at NJMS' Medical Sciences Building and via Zoom. You are cordially invited to attend.

Open to the Public!
Thursday, Jan. 19
10 - 11 a.m.
Breastfeeding Does the Body Good
Ann Mruk, RN, IBCLC
Director of Education and Professional Development
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
Iyonia Guilyard
Doula
Kind Conforming Births, LLC

Breastfeeding Does the Body Good is a breastfeeding advocacy program that focuses on basic terminology regarding breastfeeding/chestfeeding education, breastfeeding workplace laws, ways of providing physical and emotional support to new mothers and families, and information on accessing breastfeeding community resources and referral services. Community partners who attend this program will learn ways of advocating for resources and services for their clients and community members.

Please RSVP to Judith Francis, program manager of Healthy Women, Healthy Families, at Jfrancis@cjfhc.org to register and receive the link to view the webinar.
Monday, Jan. 23
11 a.m. - Noon
A Maternal Health Awareness Program
Ann Mruk, RN, IBCLC
Director of Education and Professional Development
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
Shani Ketema
Program Coordinator
NJDLC HealthConnect One

Maternal Health Awareness Day is a day that is dedicated to supporting all mothers and birthing individuals by ensuring that they have access to resources and supportive tools during their material experience. Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a peer breastfeeding support program, will be hosting a Maternal Health Awareness Day program that will include discussion of the following topics: pregnancy and nutrition education for mom and baby, doula and breastfeeding support services.

Please RSVP to Judith Francis, program manager of Healthy Women, Healthy Families, at Jfrancis@cjfhc.org to register and receive the link to view the webinar.

1 - 2 p.m.
NARCAN Training
Diane Villari
Administrative Director
Jersey Shore Addiction Services

Narcan is a prescription medication used to treat known or suspected opioid overuse. Greater than 50 percent of the pregnancy-associated, but not related, maternal deaths that occurred in New Jersey in 2016 through 2018 were due to overdose. We invite you to attend this program to hear valuable information that can help to reduce deaths and address the opioid crisis.

Please RSVP to Diane Villari at dvillari@jsashealthcare.org to receive the link to view the webinar.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Noon - 1 p.m.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: More than Postpartum Depression
Kathy Donaldson, MSN, APN, C, WHNP-BC, PMH-C, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Program Manager,
Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
Cheryl McFarland, PhD
Director of Data and Evaluation
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

Up to 20 percent of pregnancy and postpartum journeys are complicated by one or more perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Feelings of being overwhelmed, sad, and/or anxious interfere with the essential bonding process and affect the entire family. Which symptoms should raise a red flag with healthcare providers, and which resources are available to your patients? Join us to learn more.

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