Birthing Health Equity Conference
Advancing Birthing Healthcare Across the Continuum 
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | VIRTUAL $49 (members & non-members) 
Join MHA for our inaugural Health Equity Birthing event! 
Topics for this conference include: 
– Eliminating disparities
– Policy priorities for equitable access to care
– Place-based resources for behavioral health wellness
– Using data collection to drive quality improvement strategies
– The role of doulas in improving health outcomes
– Patient advocacy
– Resources for BIPOC women and birthing people


9:30 – 9:40 a.m.: MHA Welcome Comments

9:40 – 10:05 a.m.: Keynote: Maternal Health Equity: Eliminating Disparities and Improving Access

  • Hafsatou (Fifi) Diop, M.D., Assistant Commissioner for Health Equity, Massachusetts Department of Public Health  

10:05 – 10:40 a.m.: Expanding Equitable Access to Care

Conversation with legislative champions of maternal healthcare discussing policy priorities for equitable access to care

  • Emily Dulong, vice president, Government Advocacy & Public Policy, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
  • Senator Becca Rausch, Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Massachusetts State Senate

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.: Family Wellness and Wellbeing

Moderated panel discussion about place-based resources for behavioral health wellness

  • Izzy Lopes, vice president of Health Equity, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
  • Jenise Katalina, Women of Color Health Equity Collective
  • Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center
  • Jessica Gaulton, MD, Family Well Health

11:20 – 11:40 a.m. BREAK

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Quality Improvement Process and Evaluation

Moderated panel discussion about the use of data collection to drive quality improvement strategies to improve healthcare across the continuum. How can data be used to drive new and/or ongoing initiatives?

  • Patricia Noga, RN, vice president of Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
  • Ronald Iverson, MD, Perinatal Neonatal Quality Improvement Network
  • Vanessa Nicholson, Tufts University School of Medicine

12:30 – 1:10 p.m.: Integrating Doulas in the Care Team

Moderated discussion on the important role of doulas in improving health outcomes and leveraging patient advocacy

  • Tiffany Vassell, RN, Neighborhood Birth Center
  • Adriana Jean Louis, Department of Public Health
  • Darline Turner, Healing Hands Community Doula Project
  • Maia Raynor, Department of Public Health

1:10 – 1:55 p.m. LUNCH

2 – 2:30 p.m.: Leveraging Storytelling and Lived Experiences in Advocacy

  • Stefanie D. Belnavis, A Bucket for the Well

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.: Community Resilience: Resources for Health Literacy and Empowerment

A presentation by Resilient Sisterhood Project on resources and preventative health information for BIPOC women and birthing people

  • Lily Marcelin, executive director of Resilient Sisterhood Project

2:50 p.m.: Closing Remarks; Adjourn