Their Story is Our Story
Friday, September 27, 2019, 08:00am - 03:45pm
3rd Annual Infant Mortality Conference Register Now

About Event

Join us on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at Sinclair Community College, Building 12, for the Third Annual Infant Mortality Conference presented by, the EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force.

This year’s conference, “Their Story is Our Story,” reminds us as a community the stories of the families and infants that are impacted by infant and maternal mortality.

The objective of "Their Story is Our Story" is to provide education on the why of infant mortality and motivate collective action to implement policies which reduce infant mortality at the systems, community/ environment and grassroots level.

This conference is open to, professionals, advocates, service and health care providers, policymakers and citizens at the local and state level. Registration, parking, breakfast and lunch are free for attendees. Please register by Monday, September 16, 2019.


  • Charles Johnson IV, Founder 4Kira4Moms

    Charles Johnson IV will share his personal account and mission to advocate for improved maternal health policies. Mr. Johnson will provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact of maternal mortality in communities and also share legislation that has passed as a result of his not-for-profit organization.

    Tiffany Terry, MPA, Conscious Momma Doula

    As a Doula and an advocate for fetal and infant health, Tiffany Terry will share her experience with interviewing families who have been impacted by infant mortality. Ms. Terry will also share recommendations and collaborative opportunities with health professionals and Doulas to ensure more babies reach their first birthday.

    Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP, Dayton Children's

    As an experienced physician who specializes in Pediatrics, Dr. Thackeray will explore population health as a strategy for reducing infant mortality. Dr. Thackeray will also highlight promising practices implemented across the nation as an opportunity for improvement in Montgomery County.

Concurrent sessions and presenters for this event include:

Community Resources Increasing Infant Vitality

  • Dionne Simmons, MPA, MS
    Pamela Albers, RN, MS
    Lorrie Loudy, RN, Childbirth Educator
    Gina McFarlane-El, MPH, MBA
    Robbie Brandon, RN
    Makell Baccus, MSLD
    Mary Reid, MSSA, LISW-S
    Tracey Waller, MBA, RD/LD

    Learn more about resources and programs in Montgomery County that focus on infant vitality.

Their Story is Our Story Parent Panel

  • Deborah Holt, MS, PCC-S, CT
    Tesha Dow
    Renee Sampson
    Steve Alston

    During this session, a panel of parents who have experienced fetal and infant mortality will share their stories to provide an in-depth understating of what is truly at stake with infant mortality.

Fathering With a Purpose

  • Michael Newsom, MPA
    Anthony Prince, BA
    Jean de Dieu Mukunzi, MPH, PMP, CHW
    Christopher Williams, BA, CHW
    John Payne, BSW

    This session explores the importance of engaging fathers as an approach to reduce infant mortality in Montgomery County.

Managing Maternal Health

  • Marc Belcastro, D.O.
    David McKenna, MD, RDMS
    Hind Moussa, MD, FACOG

    EChronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes are preventable. Explore what can be done to continue to educate and empower moms to have positive birth outcomes by developing healthy lifestyles and eliminate tobacco use.

Reducing Infant Mortality and Achieving Equity through the Social Determinants of Health

  • Rebecca Carroll, MPA
    Reem Aly, ESQ

    This session will examine the primary causes and factors associated with infant mortality in Ohio. Presented by Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

Implicit Bias Training

  • Preshuslee Thompson, BA

    Learn how  implicit bias can create barriers to health equity through the lenses of infant mortality and race, Race based trauma and trauma informed care. Presented by Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Safe Sleep in Montgomery County

  • Angela Grayson, CHW
    Elaine Markland, BSN, RN, CPEN

    Learn more about the ABC’s of Safe Sleep, as well as, safe sleep resources in Montgomery County.

The Kettering Health Network accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Ohio Board of Nurses accepts AMA PRA Cat 1™ as credit for nursing CEU’s.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit through the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). We will offer seven (7) hours of CPH recertification credits for completion of the 3rd Annual Infant Mortality Conference, 27 September 2019. To self-report your CE activities, log into your CPH Recertification portal. Questions about CPH Recertification, e-mail

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is an approved provider for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Continuing education credits have been approved for Social Workers, Counselors, Chemical Dependency Counselors and Preventionists – 6.0 CEUS.

An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 7 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). Maximum Advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours available are 0. SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated provider of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

We are committed to providing full access for people with disabilities. Please contact Kara Thomas () for any accommodation requests


Sinclair Conference Center

444 W. Third St.
Suite 12
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
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