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Trauma During Gestation, Birth, and Postpartum: Effect on Maternal Mental Health
and Wellbeing of the Mother-Baby Dyad
This presentation explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma, including the mother’s early experiences and experience of prenate during gestation, traumatic childbirth in the modern medicalized system and its impact on maternal mental health and parent-child relationships, and examine the crucial nature of the parent-child relationship as the basis for psychosocial wellbeing. Presenter: Carolyn Flynn MA, LAC is Director of the START Program and an Early Relational Health Clinician at the Center for Great Expectations. As a senior trainer at the CTARI Institute, she has presented both locally and internationally on topics including early relational health, traumatic childbirth, and intergenerational trauma. Carolyn is rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and currently a fellow in the UMASS Infant-Parent Mental Health post-graduate certificate program. This session was recorded on June 16, 2021.
Perinatal Mental Health & Trauma in the Latinx Community
A professional education session by Adriana Alejandre, LMFT focused on trauma-informed care from a mental health perspective when working with birthing people within the Latinx community. In this hour session, we discuss the impact on perinatal mental health as it relates to culture, barriers, and history of the medical model that validates fear by the community. Also, we talk about strategies and tools, along with a Q&A. This session was recorded on May 19, 2021.
Addressing Mental Health Problems of Asian American Young Women
This informative presentation by Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm explores depression and suicide-related behaviors amount Asian American young women. Dr. Hahm outlines the risk factors, share the theoretical underpinning of these issues, and highlight evidence-based interventions to treat mental health problems among Asian American women. This session was recorded on May 12, 2021.
Cannabis Use with New Parents and Breastfeeding
Presenter: Dr. Damali Campbell is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Addiction Medicine. Her special interests include advancing health education for women, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, and addressing social determinants of health to improve outcomes. Dr. Campbell currently works at University Hospital in Newark, NJ, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is also the Medical Director for the New Jersey Department of Health- Maternal Care Quality Collaborative. This session was recorded on June 3, 2021.
Identifying Codependent Relationships: Assessment and Intervention
This professional education program, presented by our Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, highlights the signs of codependency, assessment, and tools for recovery that nurses, physicians, and other community healthcare providers can use in their practice. This webinar was recorded on February 18, 2021.
New Jersey Influenza Action Group Meeting featuring Eimear Kitt, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eimear Kitt from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) discusses vaccination rates among healthcare workers and how to debunk flu vaccination myths. This session was originally recoded on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
Essex Metro Immunization December 2021 Meeting
Program staff from the new Step Up, Vax Up! Campus Health Awareness Campaign shares new resources for educating college students about the COVID-19 vaccine. We also discuss pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and strategies to increase routine immunization rates in Essex County. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
Act to Vaccinate: COVID-19, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding
Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, but the CDC recently released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant people. Dr. St. Fleur discusses the latest recommendations and research on the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
NJ Influenza Immunization Action Committee Meeting
Here you can watch the Power to Protect campaign updates, Jessica Richman, Board Member of the Families Fighting Flu will share her personal story; and Debra Maitre, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, NEA-BC, and Medical Advisor will discuss the myths pertaining to flu and flu vaccines and how to address these with clients/patients. This session was originally recorded on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
Pediatric COVID Vaccine: Talk with the Experts
This panel discussion with experts in the field of pediatrics reviews the latest research on COVID-19 and the vaccine in the pediatric population. The session was moderated by Emily Haines, Director of Public Health Initiatives at the Partnership of Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Flu Action Kick-off
At the event, we unveiled our refreshed social media shareables and we hosted a presentation by award-winning writer and speaker, Carlos Velazquez, MA. Mr. Velazquez has worked with the CDC and internationally in public health promotion and advocacy in various initiatives, including flu vaccine promotion and social messaging. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
Women’s Health: Health Disparities, Cancer Prevention, Cervical Cancer & HPV
Learn more about the importance of HPV vaccination as a prevention method for HPV-related cancers, ways to prevent cervical cancer in women, and to discuss health disparities among the African American community. This program was generously provided by the Whitehill Foundation. This session was originally recorded on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization September 2021 Meeting:
Leanne Loewenthal, NJIIS Program Supervisor, discusses the role of NJIIS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available through the registry to help fight the pandemic. We also discuss new COVID-19 vaccine initiatives at the Partnership available to help promote vaccination and combat vaccine hesitancy in different target populations, including adolescents and college students. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Protecting Babies at Birth: Recommending Hepatitis B Vaccine to Parents
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of Pediatrics recommend that the Hepatitis B vaccine be administered at birth to protect newborns from this disease. The program empowers health care providers to discuss the Hepatitis B birth dose with new parents and provides useful information and tools. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization June 2021 Meeting:
We discuss Hepatitis B Birth Dose Data in Northern New Jersey. Dr. Joseph Schwab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and EMIC Chair, joins the Partnership’s Quality Improvement program staff to review hepatitis B immunization data trends in NJ and how to improve hepatitis B birth dose immunization rates. This meeting was open to non-members. Continuing education credits were not offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Essex Metro Immunization Coalition Quarterly Meeting:
Twin Pandemics: Understanding COVID-19 Through the Lens of Health Equity
Speakers Chris T. Pernell, MD, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer at University Hospital in Newark, and Meg Fisher MD, Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Health at the NJ Department of Health and Medical Director of Clinical and Academic Excellence at Monmouth Medical Center. This dynamic duo discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the grave inequities in our healthcare system, the COVID-19 vaccine in children and adults, and the pandemic’s effect on routine childhood immunization delivery. Continuing education credits will not be offered. This session was originally recorded on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Cervical Carcinoma Etiology and Treatment
Learn about cervical cancer and the connection to human papillomavirus (HPV). Gara Sommers, MD, FACOG, a nationally recognized expert on the etiology and treatment of cervical carcinoma, shares her insights for physicians, nurses, community health workers, and other healthcare professionals. Program participants will learn about the development of cervical cancer, treatment, prevention, and vital information they can share with the public. This session was originally recorded on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Community Doulas: Enhancing the Care Team, Supporting Birthing People, & Improving Outcomes
This program examined the unique role of community doulas on a cohesive birth care team in promoting physiologic birth and improving birth outcomes. It will explore implementation techniques that support community-based doula collaborations. This session was recorded on July 21, 2022.
Community Doula Care: An Integral Part of the Maternal/ Infant Health Team
Elizabeth Taylor, CD, CBE, LC, from Let’s Doula will share an overview of the critical role that doulas play as part of the maternal and infant healthcare team. Elizabeth will defines and identity full spectrum community doula care to empower session participants to utilize appropriate comfort measures during the labor and delivery and beyond. Participants will learn how doula care can be incorporated into maternal and infant health care. This session was recorded on April 6, 2022.
Postpartum Like a Pro: What Every Parent Should Know
This presentation explores how to care for yourself after birth. Ines P. Serna, a certified childbirth educator, and birth doula discuss topics such as physical and emotional changes post-birth, managing postpartum discomforts, and how to take care of your body in this phase. *This is a community event. Continuing education credits will not be provided. This session was recorded on January 25, 2022.
Preventing Maternal Deaths: Managing Hypertension and Postpartum Hemorrhage
Hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage are two of the leading causes of maternal mortality in the United States; early identification and management are critical. Nurses and other healthcare professionals who work with expectant and postpartum families in the inpatient, emergency room, and community health settings are in a position to recognize and address the early signs and symptoms and help save lives. This session was recorded on November 17, 2021.
Children’s Environmental Health Day – Reducing Lead Exposure and Environmental Hazards Among Children & Pregnant Women
This webinar will present the effects of lead exposure and other environmental hazards on pregnant people and young children in New Jersey. It will also focus on ways to reduce exposures and address disparities of environmental hazards. Presenters: Melissa Mittelholzer, B.S, Amy Ferry B.S, CHES, and Victoria Lopes of the Northern Regional Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Coalition, a program of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. This session was recorded on October 13, 2022.
Congenital Syphilis in New Jersey: Current Trends
As rates of primary and secondary syphilis have been increasing in recent years, infants born with syphilis has been increasing at alarming rates. However, congenital syphilis is completely preventable. This webinar will review risks of congenital syphilis and steps providers can take to decrease this trend. Greta Louise Anschuetz, MPH has worked in the field of sexual health/ public health research for the past 17 years. She is the STD Service Director at the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of HIV, STD & TB Services and holds a Master of Public Health from Drexel University School of Public Health. This session was recorded on September 22, 2022
Cardiac Assessment of the Newborn
Congenital heart defects affect about 40,000 births per year in the United States. Early and accurate cardiac assessment of the newborn is critical. Participants will learn to identify the essential components of fetal circulation and recognize the physiological changes in circulation from fetal to postnatal circulation. This session was recorded on November 12, 2021.
Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia: An Update and Review of Clinical Practice Guidelines
Presenter: Dr. Purificacion Tumbaga, an attending neonatologist at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mountainside Medical Center and JFK Medical Center in New Jersey, has 21 years of experience in the field of neonatal and perinatal medicine. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, and Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Center in California. Dr. Tumbaga has been a Pediatric Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Clinical Instructor, and Chemistry Professor and has extensively presented at perinatology and neonatology clinical conferences. This session was recorded on June 17, 2021.
Annual General Membership Meeting 2021-
Understanding Trauma and Ways of Healing
The Partnership’s leadership shares an update on our work, the New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A. shares, remarks, and keynote speaker Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, Executive Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center discusses trauma and ways of healing. This session was recorded on June 9, 2021.
Risk, Resilience, and Depression in Fathers from Diverse Backgrounds
The presenter, Dr. Olajide N. Bamishigbin Jr., is a Nigerian-American health psychologist and professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Born and raised in Miami, he received his BA in Psychology from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Fathers are important members of the family unit. However, research studies in the fields of family psychology and maternal and child health have historically not included dads, especially those from low-income and diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. While this is slowly beginning to change, many research gaps still exist regarding paternal health and well-being. This talk will present research findings from the Community and Child Health Network (CCHN), a National Institute of Health-funded, community-based participatory research project that investigated racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health in 5 sites across the United States. This talk (a) describe how paternal depression negatively affects the father and family, (b) identify risk factors for depression in low-income Black and Latino fathers, (c) discuss resilience resources that may protect fathers from depression, (d) recommend practical solutions for improving paternal mental health and familial well-being. This session was recorded on May 26, 2021.
Reducing the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death: Social, Health and Behavioral Determinants
The presenter, Dr. Barbara Ostfeld is a Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Program Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, which she helped establish in 1987. She is a nationally recognized expert on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and her research contributed to the safe infant sleep policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her activities also address racial disparities in health, and she serves as a member of the NJ Perinatal Quality Collaborative Health Disparities Work Group and the New Jersey First Lady’s Nurture NJ Initiative. This session was recorded on April 15, 2021.
The Intersection of Interpersonal Violence and Health: Critical Considerations
1- Define Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence and prevalence
2- Identify three ways in which experiencing IPV/DV can affect people’s health in the short and long term
3- Demonstrate knowledge of how IPV/DV intersects with age, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, culture, and health conditions.
4- Identify the definition and components of trauma-informed care
5- List the components of the SAFE initiative
This session was recorded on November 3, 2021.
Breastfeeding among Individuals Living with HIV: A Reasonable or Unreasonable Option?
Presenters: Judy Levison, MD, MPH is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. She completed her MD degree from Tufts University in Boston, her residency in Ob/Gyn at the University of Washington, and her MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2010. This session was recorded on January 21, 2022.
Strategies to Promote, Protect and Support Equitable Breastfeeding in the Black Community
Presenters: Nastassia Davis is a registered nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a mother of four. She is the owner of Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation services and founder of The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation, a non-profit advocacy and support organization dedicated to eliminating racial disparities in Black infant and maternal health. In addition to her public health commitments, Nastassia serves as assistant professor of Nursing at Montclair State University.
Melanie Hutton is a Certified Lactation Counselor and Birth Doula with over eight years of experience in maternity units, intervention programs, and healthcare centers. She facilitates group meetings and offers individual counseling to families in need. This session originally aired on April 12, 2021.
Save Babies with Us: Talking to Expectant Parents about Fetal Movement
Emily Price, Executive Director of Count the Kicks, teaches providers how to educate expectant parents about fetal monitoring in the third trimester in an effort to prevent fetal loss. She oversees the national expansion of the evidence-based Count the Kicks public health campaign that educates and empowers expectant parents to track their babies’ movements in the third trimester of pregnancy. This session was recorded on October 27, 2021.
Supporting Parents During a Pregnancy that Follows a Loss
This presentation by Lindsey M. Henke, MSW, LICSW, focuses on the emotional complexity of a pregnancy that follows perinatal loss. Lindsay Henke is a clinical social worker and maternal mental health therapist in Minneapolis, MN. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), which is dedicated to ensure that every mom and her partner who is experiencing pregnancy after loss is able to find support and connection among both peers and health care professionals. This session was recorded on October 20, 2021.
Bereavement Care after Perinatal Loss: The Role of the Postpartum Doulas
This presentation by Chanel Porchia-Albert, Founder & CEO of Ancient Song Doula Services, Inc, provides knowledge gain related to care options for grief support after perinatal loss and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. This session was recorded on October 13, 2021.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Series – Reflections of Grief: Parents Perspective after Perinatal Loss
A panel discussion moderated by Christine Chang featuring parent advocates and healthcare professionals focused on perinatal grief and support.
Presenters: Andrea Booker, RN is the Program Manager for the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s (Partnership’s) Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR). Pamela and Paul Caine are activists and parent mentors in the perinatal bereavement space. Stacey Dinburg is the vice president and co-founder of The 2 Degrees Foundation. As a stillbirth parent advocate, speaker, and instructional facilitator. Vu-An Foster is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Life After 2 Losses. This session was recorded on October 6, 2021.
Social Determinants of Grief: The Impact of Black Infant Loss
Understanding African American grief requires taking a long look at the historical and contemporary experiences around the issues of death. But troublingly, there is very little research conducted on Black grief and its connection to racism and the social injustices connected to it. Understanding the impact of systemic racism and its influence on how a person reacts to loss sets the stage for addressing how best to support communities that are disproportionately affected by infant death. This session offers insight on how some women of color deal with compounded loss and trauma. Participants gain additional knowledge on how to best serve communities of color affected by infant loss.
Presenter: Dr. Stacy Scott has spent the past 30 years designing and implementing programs to address health disparities in under-resourced communities. In 2016, she founded the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, an organization with a mission to empower the world’s communities to achieve equity in infant survival. She is also the executive director of Baby’s 1st Network and is a senior project director and equity lead at NICHQ. Recognizing the importance of being inclusive and striving for health equity, Dr. Scott leads NICHQ’s anti-racism and social justice work and serves as a champion of positive equitable change. Serving on several projects one being NAPPSS-IIN project that aims to make infant safe sleep and breastfeeding a national norm, focusing on operating under an equity Framework. This session was recorded on May 5, 2021.
Pregnancy and Parenting after a Perinatal Loss
The trauma of miscarriage and perinatal loss impacts all family members; mothers, fathers/partners, siblings, and the unborn baby. The pregnancy that follows becomes a complex journey that carries grief for a deceased baby alongside the struggle to attach to a new unborn sibling. This session explores how tasks of pregnancy are altered when parents are pregnant following a loss. The speakers will also share a support model that integrates parental grief for the baby that died as they work to embrace their baby that follows. Presenters: Joann O’Leary, Ph.D., MPH, MS, Author and Pregnancy After Loss Expert, and Doug Stewart, BA, MBA, Peer Companion Counselor and Men’s Support Group Facilitator, The Star Legacy Foundation. This session was recorded on December 8, 2020. CEU’s are not offered for this presentation.