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R.O.S.E. 4th Annual Breastfeeding Conference

7 Aug

ROSE: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
August 20-21, 2015
More information

Noted speakers:
Dr. Camara Jones
Dr. Ameena Ali
Professors from Harvard, Emory, Duke, and representatives from national organizations


Online Conference on Uterine Fibroids

9 Jun

The Fibroids Project ( started with one simple mission, “Make Life Better for Women with Fibroids”. I’m happy to say that we held true to that mission and we are about to host the first live Online Virtual Fibroids Conference on June 14th. This will create an unprecedented opportunity for women to connect with leading national and local physicians from the comfort of their own home or, on the go, on their mobile device.

Uterine Fibroids is an issue that impacts 70% of women and accounts for 50% of hysterectomies per year in the US. African-American women are disproportionately impacted with severe symptoms of fibroids.

We believe that patient education is the key to providing women with more options. We would like to offer our conference at a discounted rate to your members.


*The conference is $29 and we have created a special promotional code, which will drop the price to $15 for your network. The discount code is: @FibroidsProject




When: June 14th – 9am – 2pm EST

Where: Online


Book Release: Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice

17 Dec

Kesha Baptiste Book IMAGESAAPHI members have contributed to a new book, Obesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice published by Springer in December 2013.  Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Nursing and College of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and SAAPHI Governing Board member co-edited the book, along with Wanda K Nicholson MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The professional-level medical textbook highlights the evidence on obesity during pregnancy and postpartum, giving clinicians the knowledge necessary to communicate with patients about effective lifestyle interventions and highlights where future efforts should be targeted to break the cycle of obesity in mothers and their offspring. Baptiste-Roberts authored a chapter titled “Maternal Obesity and Implications for the Long-term Health of the Offspring,” and co-authored another chapter with a former SAAPHI Governing Board Member and active SAAPHI member, Dr. Tiffany L. Gary-Webb titled “Body Image as a Contributor to Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Racial Differences.”.


Provides concise and understandable summaries of the evidencebased,
theory-driven lifestyle interventions that have been shown
to be effective for weight loss and modifying the risk of developing
diabetes and obesity

▶ Focuses on translating the state of the science for the busy
practitioner in a easily accessible format in the day-to-day clinical
setting does not exist

▶ Summarizes the effects of overweight/obesity in the childbearing
years that can be effectively communicated to patients by their
providers in a busy practice setting

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES — Father’s role is critical in stemming infant mortality

9 Jul

The president of the National Fatherhood Initiative in Milwaukee claimed that presence of a father in his child’s life can help reduce infant mortality rates. A study conducted by the National Healthy Start Foundation showed that the lack of a father leads to worse pregnancy outcomes and childhood development — for example, the child is more likely to be poor, having a greater risk of being involved in dangerous or unhealthy behaviors influenced by peers, and an increased risk of developmental delays.

Black father & InfantRead more here:

Wanted! Members of state Affiliates with expertise in maternal and child health

18 Jun


The maternal and child health Section is seeking assistance from state Affiliates to help us identify key individuals with expertise in maternal and child health. We are looking for people who are members of your state public health association and who either: have leadership positions in your MCH Section; or, have expertise in MCH topics or have a leadership role in the area of MCH.

We would like to create a cohort of people involved in MCH work nationwide to share best practices and challenges via regular phone calls and webinars. We have a lot to learn from one another, especially as states prepare for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

We would like each Affiliate president to send us the name of the person who will be your Affiliate’s official liaison to APHA’s Maternal and Child Health Section. Please contact your Affiliate president if you would like to be considered for nomination. We look forward to working together!

Please send your nominee’s contact information and email address to Janine Lewis (