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Promising Partnerships to Address Maternal Mortality

Successfully addressing maternal health mortality requires collaboration among local, state, and federal partners. This webinar will highlight successful partnerships to support women’s health needs in HRSA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee).

By attending, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of federal, state, and local partnerships to address maternal mortality,
  • Identify tips for establishing and strengthening partnerships in their communities to improve women’s well-being throughout their life course,
  • Recognize their role in creating the infrastructure needed to advance maternal health in their communities.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs ( HRSA IEA) Region 4 in collaboration with the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center.

Watch the recording.



Kimarie Bugg, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, IBCLC, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (R.O.S.E.), Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

Kimarie Bugg, DNP, MPH, IBCLC, is the President & CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a National nonprofit corporation to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community. She completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. She co-leads the Engagement Core at the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center.


Lauren Jones, Mom.ME

Lauren Jones is a mother, wife and a change agent providing advocacy work in the space of maternal mental health. She is the Executive Director and Co-Founder (alongside her sister LaShay Melton) of Mom.ME., a community based grassroot nonprofit organization that provides peer- led and therapeutic services to mothers and families struggling with PMADs(perinatal mood & anxiety disorders). Motivated by her own personal battles with postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, and postpartum PTSD, Lauren is dedicated to helping others that are battling this #1 most commonly related pregnancy disorder and assist with improving the maternal health outcomes in her home state of Mississippi.


William Sappenfield, MD, MPH, CPH, Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC)

Dr. William M. Sappenfield is Professor and Director of the Chiles Center at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. As both a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, Dr. Sappenfield has 36 years of experience in public health research, teaching, and practice in maternal and child health at a community, state and national level.
As a recognized leader in maternal and child health epidemiology, Dr. Sappenfield spent the first 28 years of his career as a medical epidemiologist working with CDC, state and local public health agencies to enhance their capacity to use epidemiology, evaluation and research to improve the health of women, children and families.  At the Chiles Center, he works collaboratively with 18 faculty members to conduct research and translate research to practice to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families. He also serves as Director of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC), a statewide multi-organizational effort to improve health and health care quality of mothers and infants.


Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH is the Director of the Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC School of Social Work and the Executive Director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the School of Medicine. She is the Co-Director of the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center and co-leads the Engagement Core.


February 23, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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