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State of Black Maternal Mental Health Webinar Part 2

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Jessica M. Roach, MPH
CEO and Partner @Restoring Our Own Through Transformation, (ROOTT)
Jessica M. Roach, MPH Jessica M. Roach is CEO and Partner of Restoring Our Own Through Transformation, (ROOTT), an experienced public health professional and former clinical nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the civic and social organization industry. Jessica is skilled in community-based research, nonprofit organizations, full spectrum perinatal doula services, health promotion, project coordination and health education. Research interests include Structural Determinants of Health and the created consequences of the Social Determinants of Health, Law Enforcement Violence and the impact upon Black Family Health, the Perinatal Doula Support as a means of improving Black Birth Outcomes. Jessica is a strong community and social services professional with a Master of Public Health, focused in community health services and maternal child health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jessica serves as the Co-Chair for the Black Mamas Matter Alliance.
Dr. Serwaa S. Omowale
Dr. Serwaa S. Omowale attained a PhD in Social Work and an MPH from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral and public health training was supported by a NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute diversity research supplement. She has thirteen years of experience as a social work professional with clinical social work expertise in maternal and child health, mental health, and substance use. She has been an advocate and served in leadership roles in maternal and child health for several organizations, such as Doctors for Change and the Impacting Maternal and Prenatal Care Together Collaborative in Houston, Texas. She also served in a leadership role for the Infant Mortality Collaborative and as research and programming support for Pittsburgh Healthy Start place-based Healthy Babies Zone initiative in the Wilkinsburg community in Allegheny County. Dr. Omowale’s research is focused on racial disparities
Tiffany Bishop
Licensed Mental health Therapist @Raising Resilience
Raising Resilience is compromised of Tiffany Bishop and Whitney Coble. We are licensed mental health therapists specializing in supporting black millennial women before, during, and after pregnancy. Raising Resilience is based out of Charlotte, NC and DC. We believe in providing black women with a transformation not just therapy. We find value in holding space for black mother’s emotional well being. Our practice strives in helping black women deconstruct emotional challenges faced during conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, and infant loss. Raising Resilience aims to provide prospective and mental health tools around the perinatal journey and modernization of parenting that is fueled by emotional wellness and community. We live by the motto of dismantling the strong black woman theory and finding strength in community.
Whitney Coble
Licensed Mental health Therapists @Raising Resilience
Raising Resilience is compromised of Tiffany Bishop and Whitney Coble. We are licensed mental health therapists specializing in supporting black millennial women before, during, and after pregnancy. Raising Resilience is based out of Charlotte, NC and DC. We believe in providing black women with a transformation not just therapy. We find value in holding space for black mother’s emotional well being. Our practice strives in helping black women deconstruct emotional challenges faced during conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, and infant loss. Raising Resilience aims to provide prospective and mental health tools around the perinatal journey and modernization of parenting that is fueled by emotional wellness and community. We live by the motto of dismantling the strong black woman theory and finding strength in community.
Tina Sherman
enior Campaign Director for Maternal Justice @MomsRising
Tina Sherman is Senior Campaign Director for Maternal Justice at MomsRising. Tina has dedicated her professional life to supporting and empowering moms and families. Tina has served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate, has worked with several child and women's advocacy organizations, and is a certified birth doula. With formal training in public policy and a heart in serving and supporting women and families, Tina is committed to ensuring that public policies reflect the needs of real people and meet women where they are. Tina and her husband JP are raising four boys ranging from 7 to 16 years, including 13 year old twins. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and is active in her small town serving on the Town Planning Board and Affordable Housing Committee.
Sierra McClain
Full Spectrum Doula @Sankofa Mama Birth Services
Sierra McClain is the owner of Sankofa Mama Birth Services, offering full-spectrum doula support and childbirth education. Also known as “The Doula’s Doula,” she is a business mentor and has created a line of professional documents for birth workers. Sierra is a proud wife and homeschooling mother and founder of the lifestyle brand, Educating My Tribe.
Monica McLemore, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Professor
Monica McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. I retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career. My program of research is grounded in reproductive justice, a lens I use to understand reproductive health and rights for people with the capacity for pregnancy. My work is grounded in the hypothesis that if we center the most marginalized people, care improves for everyone. I conduct research across the reproductive spectrum including abortion, birth, cancer risk, contraception, family planning, and healthy sexuality, pleasure, and consent. My work exemplifies the combination of nursing, public health, and policy research using community engaged and embedded methods to develop programs to test and deliver interventions.
Ifeyinwa Asiodu
Associate Professor @Department of Family Health Care Nursing at University of California
Ifeyinwa Asiodu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She teaches in the Midwifery and Advanced Public Health Specialties and the Doctoral Program. Dr. Asiodu has been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years and her clinical expertise is in Lactation
Twylla Dillion, MBA, PhD
Executive Director @HealthConnect One
Dr. Twylla Dillion, MBA, PhD is the Executive Director of HC One. She brings 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector spanning philanthropy, Medicaid reform, maternal-child health, data analytics, and academia. In her prior work at United Way of Greater Rochester, Dr. Dillion focused on using data and analytics across the fundraising, grantmaking, and evaluation cycle. Additionally, Dr. Dillion has conducted research on breastfeeding, served as program officer for maternal-child health programs, and worked as a research lead on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the project focused on collaborating with Black moms better to understand contributors to Black maternal mortality/morbidity and develop strategies for better outcomes. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Outcomes, and St. John Fisher College, where she received her MBA.
Dr. Sayida Peprah
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Doula/Birthworker @Diversity Uplifts, Inc
Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Doula/Birthworker. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has had a multifaceted career as a psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, prison and private practice settings. She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of cultural humility, implicit bias and trauma as they impact mental and maternal health. Dr. Sayida is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., focusing on supporting marginalized and minority communities, and increasing cultural competence and humility among providers who serve them. Dr. Sayida's work in maternal health includes serving as a co-director and trainer for the Frontline Doulas and the Sankofa Birthworkers Collective in Southern California. An advocate for human rights in childbirth.